I’m happy to report that my 90 day trick is a done deal! Just 90 days after my ATR surgery, I was able to walk a limp-free mile. There was no magic involved, just a lot of diligence in following doctor’s orders and doing the physical therapy.

I’ve got a treadmill in the basement, so here are the details. I walked for 30 minutes at 3.5 mph. That actually ends up being more than a mile - 1.6 to be exact - but I was feeling good and didn’t want to stop. For an added challenge, I threw in three small hills (3% grade). The first mile was easy, but my calf tired quickly after that and I was limping again near the end.

Now what? I think my next goal will be to run a couple of miles, but I’m not sure what a realistic timeframe would be. Another month or two I’d guess. Have to think about that.

In the meantime, I’m taking a more aggressive approach to therapy. I bought a couple of those rubber disks and am doing the balancing exercises daily. Both feet - Meghan says it’s common for people to rupture the other Achilles because they’re so focused on the recovery of the one that was repaired. Uh-uh, not me, no way!