Coming Back Stronger

October 29th, 2012

Yesterday I ran the half-marathon race in London that I’d been aiming at all year since my ATR last October.

It was the last race I’d completed before the rupture and I vowed all year to come back again to race this year and, moreover, to beat last year’s time. It was one of the big motivating factors I kept in mind right through the recovery, although I kept it pretty secret as I was never really sure how it would turn out.

Well, not only did I beat it, but I also ran a pretty big PB of 1:38.02, nearly two mins faster than my previous best which I set 4 years ago.

There are lots of reasons for this - better training, better nutrition - which have nothing to do with the ATR on the face of it. But I guess it shows that ‘coming back stronger’ is genuinely possible.

Good luck to all on your own roads to recovery…

My Major Goal - Achieved!

October 8th, 2012

Hello to all ATR sufferers - old, and particularly new. Here’s a quick good-news story to give inspiration to those in the early days of your recovery.

I fully ruptured my right achilles in October last year and had surgery the same week. I am a keen runner and sometime soccer player (which is what did the injury) so any sort of layoff was really bad news.

Two weeks before the rupture I had run a half-marathon in 1 hour and 41 minutes, which was my second ever fastest time (my PB is 1:39). During the recuperation from the op I set myself the goal of beating that time in the same race in October 2012.

And yesterday I did it. I ran in 1 hour and 40 minutes, taking a full minute off last year’s time. And I go again in another race in 3 weeks with a genuine shot at beating my PB.

Those long weeks post the operation are really hard going, but they pass soon enough. And whilst my story may not be typical (who knows) my experience was that I was back pretty much to full strength after about 6 or 7 months, and have been in really hard training ever since, running 5 times a week with no ill effects at all.

This site was amazingly useful in the first few weeks, so if you are new to the injury and considering starting a blog then my advice is to go for it.

Feed the goat and he will score.