One Year Update

October 16th, 2019

I finished the marathon! Yea! All 26.2 ATR miles!!! I never thought this day would come.

October 10th was the one year mark from my surgery. When my doctor said it would take a full year to recover, where I didn’t think about my achilles anymore, I though he was exaggerating. But no, he was pretty much spot on. The achilles has been really good! I would say I’m at about the 97% level of recovery. I celebrated on the 10th by doing a 6 mile run on the treadmill. It was fabulous. It still gives me a little trouble toward the end of the day, depending on how much activity I did that day (like a run), but overall I’m really thrilled with how things have progressed. It’s also a little stiff in the morning, but that passes pretty quickly once I do my stretches. And I still do some icing at night if I think it needs it. But I never thought I would be able to walk without that nagging pain that I had been ignoring for years. Yet here I am, pain free walking.

I feel like I kind of dissed my fellow ATR people. Once I got the boot off and into two shoes, able to drive, I was off like a rocket. I really should have tried to update the blog more, if for nothing else but a journal of how things progressed in case I have to do the other foot on down the line. But I wanted to say thank you to all the fellow ATR people who supported me in my dark time. Your words of encouragement really meant a lot to me and kept me looking forward. Special shoutout to Kameuller, Cserpent, Dan914, Bruiser, tima and everyone else who were in the trenches with me at the same time. I hope you all have recovered nicely and are living your wonderfully mundane active lives. It’s the little things that we take for granted. I still think about my cast and crutches struggle when I take the trash out, walk out to check the mail or stop at the store. For all of you just starting your journey, it really is a marathon. Don’t get discouraged. Find happiness in the little bits of your life you get back on a week to week basis. Before you know it, you’ll be in two shoes.

It is both the best and worst thing that could have happened. Good luck and godspeed everyone!

2 Responses to “One Year Update”

  1. cserpent on October 17, 2019 4:58 am

    Woohoo! Glad you’re at the year mark and doing well! Let’s see I’m at the 1 year + 2 month mark. :) I’m hoping I’m back on the soccer field in 2020. I’m not going to push things since I really want this danged bone to get happy. My achilles is actually great :) And definitely both legs have the same strength now so once the bone is happy I’ll be raring to go!

    I don’t think I’ll ever be happy running 6 miles though - LOL! I hate to run except when I’m on the soccer field :)

  2. paul1 on October 19, 2019 8:05 pm

    Congrats Junebug. I’m sure that’s a great feeling. I hope to join you one day!

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    I’m a 48 year old gal that loves to run, hike with my dog and do yoga. I am constantly on the go and have a hard time sitting still. This injury is slowly killing me.
    • junebug has completed the grueling 26.2 ATR miles to full recovery!
      Goal: 365 days from the surgery date.
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