Insanity over!

I am now 22 weeks into my ATR treatment so here goes for my next update.
I have now finished my first round of the Insanity workout programme :-). This has been a real bonus of my ATR injury. If I hadn’t ruptured my achilles then I am pretty sure I would have continued in the same pattern of fitness for the whole of 2013 and hence would not have embarked on the Insanity programme.
So in summary I have been exercising 6 days a week for the last 9 weeks for between 40 - 70 minutes a day. At first I could not do all of the exercises and had to modify them to cater for my ATR. Mid way through I could do all of the exercises and by the end I was able to keep up with the guys on the exercise DVDs.
All the way through the process I kept focusing on the fact that I was not doing it to lose weight or get a 6 pack - just to build up my injured calf and to transition back in to exercise.
In the process I have lost 9lbs and toned my body which is a real plus.
My next step is to go back to my Physio and try to get him to allow me to start jogging again.

Here are some pictures of my calf before and after the workout.

I still have a numb toe which is gradually getting better. I put this down to having my boot on too tightly for the first couple of weeks. My limp is virtually gone unless I am walking barefoot and I am tired.

Someone asked me recently what the positives were as a result of this injury. Here is my reply:
1. I have more empathy for those who are disabled\injured.
2. I have learned to be patient and wait for things to happen.
3. I have been proactive in managing my injury.
4. I have completed a workout and exercise regime that I would have been ‘too busy’ for prior to my injury.
5. I have come to value how much I love running. It is not until you lose the ability to do something that you learn to value it.
6. I have learned so much from the achillesblog community - with special thanks to norm and kellygirl.
7. I have come to appreciate that Norm knows best. I really do think that he deserves some kind of award or special recognition for the help he gives to the forum members on a daily basis.

So my journey continues. I am not even half way through my recovery marathon, so I still have a long way to go before I am fully fit.

10 Responses to “Insanity over!”

  1. Great post, and good luck!

    Agreed, Norm and Kellygirl are special.


  2. hi, im currently at 11 weeks post ATR. been reading this site since day it happened, but first time posting. im sooo impressed you doing the insanity workout. when i fist did the ATR & was sat on the couch going crazy, i saw an infomercial for the insanity workout & was really jealous, because i thought i’d never be able to do it. Reading that you are currently doing it, is massively inspiring, thanks for that. how do you find the workout, is it in anyway going to put me at risk of re-rupturing???

  3. Hi Steven
    I found the workout hard at first and had to modify the exercises to minimise the impact on my bad leg.
    After 2 weeks I could do most of the exercises in the Month 1 schedule.
    I have not re-ruptured but that doesn’t mean that any one else will not rupture as a result of doing it.
    In my case it was a risk that I was prepared to take and luckily it has worked out well for me.

  4. Wow! You really stuck with it–I thought you were (wait for it) insane! Congrats on the 9 lbs and the awesome calves. Your legs look terrific–I can hardly tell the difference. I’m 2 weeks ahead of you but I have some catching up to do. Thanks for the kind words, Andrew! Right back at you, btw :)

  5. Tee hee. Thanks. I’m blushing and giggling, too!

  6. Wow, great transformation! I am looking forward to when I can start getting active again.
    Saw that you did yours playing squash, I am in the same boat. Have you gotten back into the game?

  7. Hi Josee
    It will be a while before I get back in the squash court. I have told my wife that I will not play squash again! I do plan to give it a go next year once I am back to running and circuits regularly.

  8. Hi again.

    i was just wondering, after how many weeks did you start the insanity workout??? my wife has just bought the DVD & im massively jealous (she took the fit test last night).

    im 14 weeks tomorrow & walking quite normally, should i wait till week 16, because this is when i was going to be joining a circuits class at physio anyway.

    thanks again for the inspiration.

  9. Hi Steven

    I started the workout at 3 months. Take it easy at the start and modify any exercises that are too aggressive. After a couple of weeks you will be amazed at your progress.

    Just keep in mind that you are doing this with the main aim being to make your injured calf fitter. At the end (and getting to the end is not easy!) it will have been worth it.

    Keep me posted on your progress and let me know if you have anymore questions.


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