July 5, 2010
Well, I was originally going to make this post on June 30th, but I ended up spending my 1 year post-op anniversary on the lake getting some wakeboarding sets in after work. I’ve really made an effort to make up for lost time this summer and so far my Achilles has been hangin’ in there without any real complaint.
I took a break from running a little bit since my last post, but started up again about a month ago. I can now comfortably run 4 miles at 10 minute pace without any interruption. Once I work myself up to some 6-8 mile runs again, I’m thinking that I’m going to start training for a half marathon.
I’ve also been wakeboarding about 2-3 nights per week. I started wakeboarding when I was 13, but went on a hiatus between my junior year of college until this summer. I haven’t had any problems with the Achilles here, but getting comfortable with it all again has been somewhat of a mental challenge, however I think I’m pretty much past it since I’ve started to consistently mix inverts (flips) back into my sets.
As for paintball, I haven’t really played much in the last two months, been busy with other things. However, I’ve played in a few tournaments since the year began and I can sprint, dive, and crawl without any problems. I’ll probably get back into it more towards the fall / winter once I start having more free time on the weekends again.
I’m not doing any sort of specific strength training other than heel lifts at this point, although I probably should. My once injured leg is still smaller than my healthy leg, and I still tend to notice myself favoring the healthy leg from time to time.
At this point, I think that this summer may be one of the best summers of my life. I’m truly living with 0 regrets and I’m not letting this injury prevent me from doing the things I want to do. At this point I find anything physically demanding on my body to be a challenge which I want to prove to myself that I can overcome even after this injury.
I hope everyone is healing well. It gets better!! Don’t let this injury deter you from doing the things you want to do!