After patiently waiting to attempt a run until after the 4 month mark, I successfully completed a pain-free mile on the treadmill. Although feeling “strange” I felt fairly confident and had good cadence for the run. The tendon and ankle did not swell and as I sit here a few hours later I feel great, no pain or stiffness. I did spend the 3 previous days walking all over Las Vegas and did feel that at the end of each night…nothing a little Aleve couldn’t handle though. Still working on strengthening the calf, I can do a single heel raise but puny compared to the good leg. Anyway, cool gate to pass and excited to be able to add running back to my workout regiment and participate in more Crossfit WOD’s. box jumps and explosive moves will still be reserved for the 6 month mark. Jump rope might be a fun add soon as well. For those still recovering keep to the plan, it does get better and closer to normal before you know it…if you would have asked me where I would be in my recovery at 18 weeks I would have been happy to walk limp free. Soooo happy to be wrong and even more happy to be further along rolling into Summer.

5 Responses to “Running!”

  1. Jack
    May 28th, 2013 | 12:40 am

    Hi Dusman. I’m about a month behind you in recovery so THANKS for your words of encouragement. I’m getting along very well in 2 shoes now, and have been doing some aerobic execises (stationary cycling, stair machine, and eleptical machine) along with some other weight training that doesn’t involve the repaired leg (too much). I have another follow up with my Dr. tomorrow morning and HOPE I’ll be starting physical therapy this (or next) week. I hope my Dr. isn’t (too) pissed at me cuz he wanted me to stay in the boot for the past 3 weeks - I gradually weaned myself into 2 shoes after about 1 week and started with the exercising too - following the UWO protocol. I still have a slight limp, but it’s getting better each day.

    I’ve also managed to get in a couple of bike rides; 5 miles last week, and 13 miles this past weekend. Oh, it felt so good to be rolling down the road with the wind in my face! My foot / ankle / tendon had absolutely NO pain or discomfort at all!

    Keep on keeping on!

  2. alton2012uk
    May 28th, 2013 | 9:10 am

    Dusman, I only got to jogging at week 20 and shortly after managed to inflame a muscle in the good leg (aaah!!) trying to push towards 15 mins continuous on the treadmill. Lesson re-learnt regarding building up incrementally.

    Great progress on hitting the running milestone. Keep going (incrementally ;) ).

  3. kellygirl
    May 28th, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    Congratulations. Sounds like you are in a great place. It’s great to hear from people at different stages of recovery–gives me something to look forward to (while sitting here in my cast.) Thanks!

  4. May 30th, 2013 | 11:07 am

    I’m interval running right now and I’m up to about 5 minutes and I’m a few months ahead of you. 6 months and a mile run is awesome and you should be proud. I tend to stick my distance on the bike, since its much easier for me to do at this point in time. :)

  5. Dusman
    May 30th, 2013 | 8:34 pm

    Kkirk, I am just past the 4 month mark and set a goal for my first 5k of the year at the end of June. A few days later after the run and the tendon managed great but damn my calf way not very happy…it pretty much reminded me how long it has been since we ran! Anyway, will continue to strength train and toss some updates as thing progress. @kellygirl, it does improve! First 30-45 days is the worst…couldn’t imagine being cast bound though so stay strong!

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