Louise Minchin says injury is taking longer than hoped to heal after BBC exit

Louise Minchin has revealed the injury to her foot is taking longer to heal than she originally thought.

The former BBC Breakfast host, 53, underwent foot surgery in December last year after injuring the appendage during a triathlon back in 2019.

Posting to her Instagram stories on Thursday, Louise documented her surprise at the struggle she's faced getting back into long distance running in wake of the procedure.

To her 87,800 followers, she said: "I can't believe it's nearly a year since I did my last marathon and since then I've had a foot operation.

"And to be honest with you, it's taken me way longer than I'd hoped to get back to running any kind of distance."

The broadcaster appeared in a blue t-shirt and black ankle-length leggings in the video, which she paired with a pair of reflective sunglasses at the top of her head.

Louise also wore gold earrings and a gold pendant necklace, while also wearing a sports watch on her wrist.

She wore her hair pulled into a bun at the back of her head.

In a separate Instagram post, Louise did confirm that while her injury is taking longer to heal than expected, she is "making progress".

She added: "Finally, I am making progress.

"I am just about back to 5k and hoping to head to 10k and then fingers crossed beyond.

"Coming back from an injury or just starting at all is difficult, but I find knowing how long or far I have run hugely encouraging and LOVE that my watch tells me how long I need to recover!"

The posts follow Louise recently crediting the foot injury in part with her eventual departure from BBC Breakfast.

Louise said her time off recovering from the surgery made her realise she'd had enough of the 3.40 am wake-up times.

She told The Mirror: "I find the early morning really difficult and another winter of the dark mornings was not what I wanted to do anymore.

"I just thought 'I can't face another winter'."

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