Archive for November 3rd, 2013

1 mile, a cloud of dust and a shred of daylight at 5.5 months (with Video)

Hey everyone.  I hope everyone is heeling well first off and foremost.

I’m currently at around the 5.5 month mark after surgery.  My trainer gave me the go ahead to start jogging, basically a couch to 5k program.  I’ve been working on that and made my first mile, sort of.  I stretch and do all my exercises first and then jog at the end, followed by stretching again.  I always start out with a 2 minute walk then I did:

Program 1 - 1/4 mile jog,   1/4 mile walk,   1/4 mile jog,   1/4 mile walk
Program 2 - 1/4 mile jog,   1/4 mile walk ,  1/2 mile jog,   1/4 mile walk
Program 3 - 1/2 mile jog,   1/4 mile walk,   1/2 mile jog,   1/4 mile walk

So the jogging gets increased in increments like that and I made Program 3 this last week for the entire week.  So I got a mile in with some walking mixed in and am slowly working my way up to 1 mile jog,   1/4 mile walk,   1 mile jog,  1/4 mile walk.  The cloud of dust is my 4.6 MPH (7.4 KM/H) - SPEEDY!!!!  I actually made it up to about 5MPH for about a minute.  Now, I’m 6′2″ also, just for reference, so I can have a long stride, but I do keep it short as I’m trying not to really push off on the front of that foot. Five MPH felt like I was FLYING though.

And now ladies and gentlemen, the moment we’ve all been waiting for - the Shred of Daylight!!!  My single heel raise.  I’ve been trying and trying and my trainer told me to really start working on this, so I’ve been at it.  He demonstrated and said for me to do it, I looked at him and told him that I’ve been working on it, but it’s evaded me so far and that was last week.  He said to try it anyway and said he could see it come up a bit.  It felt like you might be able to slide a playing card under my shoe, at most.  So I went a week of working on it and today, it felt about the same, like it barely comes up.  Seeing as how I can’t really see back there I took some video and YouTube’d it.

Holy MOLY!!!! I was surprised when I saw how high it came up. It really felt like nothing and I really had to strain to get it up, but when I saw it I couldn’t believe that I could probably shove a whole deck of playing cards under there, especially at that last push. My calf has a ways to go to catch up to the right one, but I’m getting there.

My next appt with the doctor is on the 7th (4 days from now). I don’t see him giving me the green light for any Plyometrics or fast running and I’ll probably remain on the program I’m on, but each day I feel like I get closer to the top of the mountain.