I Need to Pick Up the Pace - Week 14

I Need to Pick Up the Pace

This week has been a character building week for me I must say. Even though I am off of crutches, out of the walking boot and back in 2 shoes, it seems like my pace and mood has slowed down. I am in the routine of exercising daily and going to therapy 3 days a week and right now I am in a battle to stay positive and optimistic about everything. I am walking with no pain in my ankle and foot area however I am noticing that I am walking with measured steps. When I am walking and not thinking about the injury, I tend to walk smoother than when I am thinking about my leg and taking my time. I am also sleeping later in the morning that normal.

What is going on?

I heard this injury takes alot out of you in more ways than physical because of the length of healing and recovery time as well as taking you away from your normal day to day activities. For people that know me, they know that I walk fast and can get pretty animated in my day to day activities. Walking and moving in a measured slow pace is part of the healing process however for this measured slow pace to move up to my mindset, this is something that must be dealt with. It seems that everything is moving in slow motion and I’m just not used to this; and my friends are not used to it either. I received several phone calls last week from friends and they all asked me was I, because they didn’t hear the excitement in my voice like usual. I responded yes, everything is fine and that I am just taking things one day at a time and will be back up to full speed sometime soon.

You hear so many horror stories of re-ruptures and sometimes this can cause a sort of foot on the gas and brake at the same time mindset. The main thing I have to remember is to stay positive and optimistic, continue with training and therapy and not rush trying to get back to running and moving fast all too soon. I look forward to all of your encouraging comments and experiences and wish you well on your own healing.
Stay Inspired!

P. “Action” Jackson

P.S. Here is a resource for your achilles tendon recovery.

One Response to “I Need to Pick Up the Pace - Week 14”

  1. I am right there with you! Start week 10 tomorrow, no surgery. I was happy and surprised how well I am walking in two shoes this week. Still, I find myself disheartened about how far I have to go! Seven more weeks of PT, extreme cautious when walking out of the house, great difficulty walking down stairs, etc… I have to force myself to remember how far I have come, and read success stories on the blog. I feel like the world has passed me by- I have missed most of the summer and now most of the fall! I was super paranoid about lengthening, and now rerupturing! I have chosen to wear shoes out of the house (many people here wear the boot out of the house longer), but it is a risk. PT says I’m ready, but it is still scary. I take a cane out of the house. We’ll get there, right?!?

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