Light Running, Lots of Walking

Hey all, brief update on where things stand as I begin Week 14 post-ATR.  Took an extra long weekend for the Fourth up to Boston, first time there and what a great city.  Over a 5 day span did tons of walking and was only sore the first night I was there, after a 6 hour car ride up, my leg got pretty stiff.  I brought my boot as a just in case thing, but kept it in the car trunk the entire time.  I seem to be pretty good with walking, no limp, and I could probably go a few miles at this point w/o feeling any ill effects.  I did two walk/run sessions since I was given the OK by my doc and PT.  My first was last Tuesday, when I did 4 miles total on a flat dirt trail, and over the 4 miles, I did three separate 5 min intervals of very light running, trying to focus on good form and not overdoing my stride or anything.  It felt ok, still a long ways to go of course, but we all have to start from the beginning again for the most part.  That was followed by the trip to Boston and a lot of walking.  Yesterday, I did the same exact route as last week, except did 20 min total (5 min interval again) of light running spread over the 4 miles.  It went a little better than last time, althought I was a bit more sore waking up today than last week.  I go back to PT tomorrow, at which point I’ll see if he is OK with this continued incremental increase as the weeks continue.  I also am back in dress shoes at work for the first time rather than my more supportive running shoes, so we’ll see if I can make it through the day in those.   

8 Responses to “Light Running, Lots of Walking”

  1. Great news–keep it going! -David

  2. Yup, sounds good to me.

  3. Wonderful progress! continued success in your recovery.

  4. Thanks all!

  5. Congrats on your recovery progress! It’s always nice to read what I have to look forward to.

    Boston is a great city - glad you enjoyed my hometown!

  6. @gocanes123 - Congratulations on your progress! I do know how great it feels to begin the return to running. For what it’s worth, I found the 12 weeks - 20 weeks period to be really slow in terms of progress in the running. The tendon was always a little sore after the run and I never skipped the post-run icing. From 5 months on, the progress was MUCH quicker. Best of luck to you!

  7. Thanks Kim! Your exactly right, I did a 4 mile walk yesterday, and ended up doing a little over a mile of running during that time. It felt great at the time to do a mile but I was decently sore by the end of it. And, I was out and about the rest of the day so I have been sorer than normal most of today, and did a lot of icing. By the end of four months, if I can get 1-2 miles of running w/o soreness I’ll be encouraged.

  8. Sounds like great progress with patience and determination thrown in! Love reading these blogs of those of you ahead of me. Good to hear what lies ahead. Must be amazing being back in proper shoes. Can’t imagine getting to that stage. Good luck with it all and keep us updated.

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