The day has finally arrived. I shuffled into PT at the ungodly hour of 6:55 AM. Half asleep, I climbed on the eliptical and did my 10 minutes. By minute 8, I was getting into it and I actually increased the resistence to 2 for the last 2 minutes (shhhh, don’t tell the PT people…). Did my leg presses, leg curls, heel lifts, box jumps, dot jumping drills and step ups. Blew off the squats and cross walker - HATE those. Then the Athletic Trainer who works with my PT said the magic words - “Lets get you up on that treadmill and see what you can do.” After a minute of brisk walking at 3.5, we went up to 5 and, oh my, yes, I remember this feeling vaguely, yes, I was RUNNING! Had to really focus on striding heel to toe and keeping the strides even between good and bad leg. Went 4 intervals of one minute brisk walk/30 seconds running. The good news is that fitness-wise, it felt great. The moderately bad news is that my calf did tighten up a tad during one of the intervals, but not too bad at all. Then Brian (the AT) rewarded me with ultrasound on the calf and a nice 15 minute massage focused almost exclusively on the calf.
The BEST news? No hint of the tendonosis that plagued me for 3 years before my ATR - hmmmm, could we be past that? Don’t want to get too optomistic yet…
Didn’t even have to ice it - just need to keep stretching it today. Gonna head to the gym tomorrow and do some more running. Brian told me to warm up on the bike or eliptical for 10 minutes, stretch the calf and only then get ont he treadmill and do my intervals. Should be fun!
For all of you who are behind me in this process, you WILL get there. Keep working. Keep blogging.
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