Achilles Tendon Rupture Recovery

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October 26th, 2009 · 6 Comments

My update is long overdue, so here it is!

I’ve been running every so often, and I now play basketball about twice a week. I am happy to say that my recovering Achilles feels pretty good. What has attention now is my right knee that bothers me when I play basketball, but it’s been manageable. I just can’t do the things that I used to be able to a few years ago. What a surprise.. oh well.

This past week, I played basketball 3 days and ran one day about 5 miles. I haven’t been running very consistently, and I plan on changing that. I’d like to run about 2-3 times a week, play basketball about twice a week and lift weights daily. Okay, maybe lifting weights daily is being a bit too optimistic.

Comparing my recovering Achilles from the 1 year mark to now (about 1 year and 9 months), I can definitely say that it has improved. It feels more “comfortable”, and it doesn’t feel so stiff in the mornings. It used to feel “off”, something uncomfortable about it, and it doesn’t feel like that any more. So I am hopeful that it’ll continually get better.

So I tried a new free application on my iphone called imapmyrun, which uses the iphone’s GPS to track the your running route, pace, distance, etc. So here’s what the data looks like when I used it to run 5.1 miles in Central Park this past Sunday late afternoon:
Dennis Central Park Run

Date: 10/25/2009
Start: 17:04:23
End: 17:49:57
Time Taken: 00:45:34
Total Distance: 7.88 mi.
Pace: 05:47 (avg)
Speed: 10.37 (mi/hr) (avg)

As you can see, it’s not perfect.. The GPS data isn’t the most accurate, even in Central Park where there really aren’t any tall buildings to obstruct the GPS signal. Okay maybe some trees, but that’s about it. I actually ran around 5.1 miles, not 7.88 miles, in a leisurely pace, which means that I didn’t run 5:47 per mile, but rather 8 to 9 min per mile. Anyway, it’s still pretty neat that we can do things like this on a phone. Hopefully the accuracy will improve in the future.

So I think I have one more NYRR run to complete, and then I am guaranteed entry to 2010 NYC marathon. I am really looking forward to both getting the guaranteed entry, and running the marathon next year. I plan on training hard and beating my time from when I ran it in 2001, hopefully by a significant margin.

So, I wish everyone a speedy and steady recovery without any twists and turns, but as other ahead of me told me, just be patient. Thanks guys!

Tags: achilles injury

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 tomtom // Oct 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Dennis - Glad to hear that you’re still seeing improvements. It sounds like the running is going well. Thanks for the update!

  • 2 dennis // Oct 26, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    tomtom - thanks. I am glad to see that you’ve reached another milestone, in 2-shoes. Looks like your recovery second time around is going well, and I am really happy to see that. Thanks for all your support this past year and nine months! There were some tough moments, and it was definitely easier going through this together with you and the rest of the gang. :)

  • 3 eschao // Oct 27, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Great to hear that you have recovered and are so active!

  • 4 graham // Oct 27, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Good to hear all is well. BTW try out Runkeeper for the iPhone - its much better :) There is a free and paid for version.

  • 5 Mari // Nov 4, 2009 at 1:34 am

    I had surgery to remove a lot of bone off my right heel, when they opened it up there was damage to my achilles so he repaired it.
    I’m 4 weeks and 3 days post-op and was in a cast for 4 weeks and since 2 days in the boot.
    I cannot walk on it at all and am in a lot of pain whereas I had almost no pain post-op.
    I’m a half marathon walker and am going to read your blog for inspiration.
    Any advice you have wtr to walking in that monstrosity is welcome!
    I posted my ‘recovery’ blog here.

  • 6 Search Engine Marketing Liverpool // Dec 14, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I am glad to see that you’ve reached another milestone, in 2-shoes. Looks like your recovery second time around is going well, and I am really happy to see that.

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