I’m a 43 year old, former Division I Cross Country / Track and Field athlete who is still active in running and road racing.  In my college days I ran 1:51 for 800m, 2:25 for 1000m and 3:50 for 1500m.  More recently, when I turned 40, I ran 1hr 16min 14 secs for a Half-Marathon and 2hrs 49mins 14 secs for a Marathon.

When I injured myself by playing basketball, I was devastated that I would never return to being a competitive runner.  I’ve read and educated myself more on this injury and I’m confident I can get myself back to being a competitive runner.

This site has provided me with a lot of motivation to get through the long recovery and I hope to give others motivation to do the same and get back to their full strength.

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  1. Those are excellent numbers Kevin. I’m really sorry that you’ve joined the ATR club. I’m 6 months post ATR now, so I’m not yet able to answer the question of whether or not I’ll run as fast as I used to again. I can tell you that at 6 months my recovery has gone really well and I’m jogging and doing everything else I used to without any problems. I haven’t attempted to add pace to my running yet, but I think I could, I’m just being cautious. I’ll update my blog with any interesting recovery info as the months pass. Good luck with your recovery. It’s a long road but stay optimistic and work hard at whatever you can when you can and it turns into an interesting and challenging journey back to health and fitness. All the best to you and happy healing.

  2. Great to hear about your progress. I’m looking forward to just walking again at this point! Looking fwd to hearing more positive news on your recovery. Thanks for the well wishes. This site has kept me informed, positive and given me something to do!

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  3. I’m one of those type of people that is obsessed with knowing “why” things happen.

    I know with my Haglund’s and AT issues, I narrowed it down to an old (very old as in pre-teen years) broken heel that actually went undiagnosed and healed on it’s own. I’d been told about this from an x-ray 20 or so years later. Though not definitive, my doctor agreed it’s quite likely what caused the Haglunds to form.

    I guess what I’m asking/saying is; It sounds like the athletes here were in very good if not excellent condition prior to their ATR and I hate it when doctors say things like “well it just happens sometimes”

    I know I read somewhere in some of the older blog sites that there was a definite link between the antibiotic Cipro and ATR’s. It just makes me curious if there was something else in common resulting or increasing the risk of ATR athletes should be aware of.

  4. Hi Metonia,
    I have exactly the same question and since this happened I have scoured the internet for answers. In my case I seriously overloaded and did an exercise I had never done before that required foot and leg mechanics that I’d never used before, so I though that was the cause. But after reading all the other scenarios of this happening to athletes, I am in question as to whether that was the problem or if it would have just ripped regardless. In which case, I really want to understand why?!

    My searching has not been very successful. Some cases are due to Cipro, some cortisone injections, some tendinitus and tendinosis, some bone spurs, etc. But in lots of cases like mine there is absolutely no indicator - no prior pain or problems, no previous injuries, no reason to even think it would suddenly just tear. The best info I have found is that people who have tendon issues lack eccentric strength - so their calves are strong to contract while the muscle shortens, but not strong to stay contracted while the muscle lengthens. This is what almost always causes a tear because the force translates to the achilles and if it’s too much the tendon tissue rips apart.

    That’s pretty much all I have to go on in terms of why this happened that also helps me to have an action plan to avoid it in future. My other guess is that long term sports might have put tiny tears into the tendon that don’t cause any pain, and this weakens the tendon without you knowing it. If that’s the case then eccentric strengthening will also help.

    If you or anyone else on this site find out more about why this happens, then I’d love to hear it! 1kilo225 (Kevin), I’m sorry we’ve just hijacked your blog comments! I hope you don’t mind too much! Your username is really cool by the way :)

  5. Thanks for the explanation, Beanie.
    Does that mean I have to be even more of an eccentric if I want to avoid another rupture? LOL
    (seriously, though, what is eccentric strength? I have always had strong leg muscles but weak ankles…

  6. Hi Kevin - just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone. I too am a lifelong runner, 39 years old with a recent 2:40 marathon……and now I’m a member of the ATR club. My injury happened on 12/18/2015 with surgery on 12/30/2015. The bad news is - we have to fully recover before running again. The good news is - i do believe running and living a healthy active life helps you to recover fully (and maybe in some cases quicker). I’m 9 weeks post op. I’ve been out of the boot for 3 weeks, and I’m feeling better each week. Right now my exercises are limited to the stationary bike and the elliptical. Good luck with your recovery - start plotting your return to running - but be patient. And let’s compare notes as we get closer to the summer months.

  7. Awesome to hear from another runner. I’d definitely like to compare notes. I wasn’t able to locate your blog on this site based on coloradopt. Let me know if you have a site. Also - You can get me at 1kilo225@gmail.com as well. Thanks for reaching out.

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