grimfoot’s AchillesBlog

So that’s almost that then!
23/06/2014, 17:19
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On July 18th last year I snapped my achilles - hence this blog of course :) I’ve not posted for a long time, life has rather got in the way. I was finally able to return to work in January this year, depression and anxiety being controlled by medication - the maximum dose of each one as I was in a very bad way towards the end of last year. Never suicidal but I had many days when I couldn’t get out of bed (or even from under the duvet where I’d made myself a cave), days when the simplest things could reduce me to tears - being asked if I wanted a cup of tea meant I had to make a decision and I couldn’t. Given that I’m a qualified head teacher, that I’ve spent much of the last ten years training colleagues in such diverse areas as curriculum management and teaching EAL students, I just couldn’t cope with making decisions and that really frightened me.

So, back to work in January and started running again shortly thereafter. I made sure to listen to my leg, I took 8 weeks off because my achilles was twinging and I didn’t want to risk it. I’m now cycling 12 miles round trip daily to work, running 4 days a week - increases to 5 times this week - with my long run now up to six miles. I’m booked into a half marathon in September, in the ballot for the London marathon next year, and if I don’t get in there I’ll find a spring marathon somewhere else. Not only that, but I’m starting to prepare for my first ultra marathon before the end of July next year - 50km before my 51st birthday.

To all those out there who are new to their achilles injury, who are scared of what lies ahead - yes, it is scary, but it does get better. The pain goes away, the tendon regains flexibility and exercise does again become a possibility. Thank you to everyone whose blogs have been a constant inspiration - even when I couldn’t comment as it was too much for me, just reading about the wonderful recoveries and reading the flood of positivity and support for each other has brought me through many, many dark days. God bless you all and much respect to everyone on here!

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Grimfoot, congratulations on persevering through this long slog of a recovery, which appears to have hit you harder than most. Nonetheless, you seem to be totally back on track now and I wish you continued success! BTW, you should probably change your status to 2-shoes from PWB–given that you’re now both running and cycling again. :-) -David

Comment by davidk 06.23.14 @ 19:54

Thanks davidk,it has been a challenging year to say the least. You’re right about the status - but I don’t know how to change it!!!

Comment by grimfoot 06.23.14 @ 22:33

Just go to your Dashboard, then on the left hand side go to Users > Your Achilles Profile and input the (estimated?) date of when you achieved 2-shoes status. As long as the date is in the past, your status will show on your blog as “2-shoes”. -David

Comment by davidk 06.23.14 @ 22:59

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