Posted on October 25th, 2010 by marymargaret27
Okay, more inspiring news…I just ran a half-marathon yesterday and it felt great! It was really slow for me (am used to about 1:30-ish and this was right at 2 hours) but I had some upper GI distress AND the pace was still right where I’d hoped. The REALLY good news is the heel didn’t even offer to hurt, get sore or even get tired!!! It’s amazing to wake up the morning after an effort like that and not have to limp!! I would have never believed this would be possible 6 months ago…it really feels like a miracle! I want to give my surgeon a big wet kiss
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Posted on October 18th, 2010 by marymargaret27
Reporting back…I had a great result from my tri on Sat. My swim was a little slower than last year but the bike and run were much faster so my overall time was almost eleven minutes faster than last year!!! Regarding the run, I intentionally didn’t push it and it was really hilly, so I brisk-walked up many of the hills and just kept the rest steady and easy. The AT got a little tired around 4.5 miles (it had already accomplished a really hilly 30-mile bike ride), so I just cruised in and enjoyed the experience. It was nice to be able to finish strongly and be able to walk around without limping afterward!!! What a WILD feeling! So…needless to say, this does work, it heals, and I am really feeling confident it will be better than ever (at least better than the last 10 years). The main thing I have tried to do is be judicious about taking rest days and listening to my body, which is something I had little experience doing pre-ATR :-)
I have a half-marathon planned for Sunday and am planning to use the same strategy…namely, to just take it easy, listen carefully to the heal and enjoy the experience of healing and getting stronger.
For all you serious athletes out there, I can say with confidence that I will ultimately see this injury as a real learning experience and that in the long run, it’s the longevity of one’s ability to be active that really counts.
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Posted on October 14th, 2010 by marymargaret27
Well, this Sat. is my first real “test”… I am doing an Olympic + distance triathlon (1500M swim, 30-mile bike, 10K run) on a very hilly course in Pinehurst, NC. Am getting pretty excited…and a bit nervous, though not because of my heel. I am afraid the water is going to be frigid!! Will have to see…I did this one last year when the heel was still hurting (unbeknownst to me, the AT was probably weak even then), so we’ll see if I can better my time this year. Will let you know how this goes
And…I signed up for a half-marathon next Sunday. This one is purely for fun and just an excuse to get in a nice long, easy run. I did one of those the other day…about 8.5 miles along the beach, and it felt just great!
It’s great to feel like my life is getting back on track again! Yes, this is a long, tough road…but miraculously, the pain does go away and even the psychological fear starts to dissipate in time.
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Posted on September 8th, 2010 by marymargaret27
Just a quick report about a “successful” Labor Day weekend. After my easy 3-mile run on Sunday, I took about a 2-mile easy stroll in deep sand on the beach. The heel was sore during and afterward, but it was that pleasant “worked-out” soreness. Somehow, the soft sand seemed to massage it while working it and stretching it at the same time. The next day, I woke up and went for a 5.5-mile run! While still slow, I was actually able to do some easy pick-ups to a pace that feels a little more natural, and the heel started to, for the first time, really feel strong. Yesterday I took off, and today there is no pain or soreness whatsoever. This is a far cry from February when I was afraid I would never run again! I owe great big thanks to my surgeon who was at times frustratingly conservative, and to all of you guys for your continual encouragement. I’ll keep posted…my “goal”, such as it is, is an Olympic+ distance triathlon on Oct. 16 (1500m swim, 30-mile bike, 10K run) on a very hilly course. Last year, I finished it just out of the money, but I was 23 pounds heavier than I am now. I am hoping to place in my age group…but will just have to see. Gotta’ get on that bike!! Take care, MM
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Posted on August 30th, 2010 by marymargaret27
I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Last week marked my second week back to running (4 days each week at 3 miles each run — really slow). After my run yesterday, my heel got really sore around the outside of the ankle. My rupture was low (at the place I had surgery over a year ago for Haglunds deformity). I noticed I had to favor it yesterday during the run, and this morning I am having to limp. There is no swelling, which seems odd, and teh tendon itself is not painful to the touch. I can toe-up fine. I am really scared of re-rupture, although I am already 7 months out from surgery. My husband thinks it is all psychological, but the pain is real and needless to say, it worries me! Does this sound normal? Thanks!! MM
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Posted on August 17th, 2010 by marymargaret27
I did my first run yesterday, since Jan. 23 when I had my fateful rupture at the end of a 15K race. I did three miles non-stop, and yes it was slooowwww…BUT it is the best my heels have felt in ten years or more!! It felt so weird to not favor one side or the other that it was almost abnormal! I fully expected the heel to be sore this morning when I got out of bed but it feels just fine! So I am anxiously looking forward to another three-miler this afternoon, and I will continue on and try to keep consistency for several weeks. Unlike before, I am not planning to do any speedwork until the first of the year, at least, so that I can build up a nice mileage base of around 70 miles per week. Once I can do that, pain free and consistently, then I’ll know I can start training to be fast again and this time, hopefully with no injuries!! One thing this experience has taught me is patience…and that the ultimate goal should be a long and healthy athletic career that is not pockmarked with injury-causing inconsistency. I am so stoked!!! And I’m hearing so many wonderful stories…you guys have really kept me going. I’ll keep posted; am headed off to swim now :-) Take care! Mary Margaret
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Posted on July 26th, 2010 by marymargaret27
It’s been some time since I’ve posted, primarily due to July just being a crazy month!! I had my 40th birthday on July 4, and have been traveling a lot this month on business stuff. Now I am finally home for a while, thank goodness! My question is whether this is normal…I’ve been on my foot more lately (more golf, albeit riding a cart), and more walking around (we were in Charleston this past weekend and I did a lot of walking in the markets downtown…gorgeous place!). All during June, it felt really good; I’ve been able to get up to 45 single-leg non-assisted calf raises and it seems like the strength is at least equal to that of the “good” leg. However, in the past week, I’ve noticed more soreness and a lot more swelling. I am scheduled to start back running on Aug. 16, but I am worried that when that date gets here, I will still be afraid, psychologically, to get out there and do it. I have a couple of fall tris and races I really want to do, but this could be premature. I surely don’t want this thing to re-rupture; that is my major fear! My surgery was Feb. 2 so at the first of Aug., I’ll be a full six months out from surgery. Has anyone else experienced this? Maybe I am just overdoing (which I am prone to do
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Posted on June 15th, 2010 by marymargaret27
I am happy to report that I had a surgeon follow-up appointment yesterday and he told me that I don’t need to make any more appointments with him, that I am doing great, and to have a nice life! He checked the wound which is now really looking good, checked strength and told me to continue working to build strength. He said go ahead and do one-leg heel raises per feel, and trying standing up in the saddle on the bike. I went to a spin class last night and did a lot of standing, and it felt really strong. This morning, it is not too sore…just a little muscle soreness. He wants me to start doing the elliptical without hands. The elliptical is really boring!!! I am up to 3000 yards of swimming. Would like to do this every day but time won’t allow…between the law practice and a mother with Alzheimers my plate is pretty full these days. He told me to wait two months to start running again. I plan to follow that advice to a “tee” because I don’t want to even attempt running until there is absolutely no pain. Don’t even know if I’ll be psychologically ready to start in mid-August, especically considering my sad fitness and the heat around here. That’s a wait and see….
Other good news…I can do down stairs practically normally now. Actually, if I think about it I can do down completely normally. I guess I’ve been so used to sidestepping stairs (for years now due to all the pain in the heel), that I am having to work on new “form” habits. It’s weird to feel normal again! The only thing I noticed that I’m not satisfied with is the ROM on the repaired foot is not nearly as good as that on the “good” foot; however, the doctor says the ROM on the repaired foot is actually “better” because it indicates a stronger joint and that actually, I have a little bit too much ROM in the “good” foot. Naturally, that concerns me about the strength of the good side. I guess I have a lot of strength training on both sides in my future.
Finally, a bit of advice about the scar. I’ve been using Mederma for scarring. It’s a bit pricey and you have to remember to apply it 3-4 times a day but the stuff really works! I am already seeing results. Anyone else tried this?
Okay, hope y’all are healing well. I’m seeing a lot of new members here; I am glad you have found us but not so glad you had to!
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Posted on May 18th, 2010 by marymargaret27
Well, I have more progress to report, and it’s all good! I got my 15-week post-op checkup yesterday and my doctor was so astounded at the strength I already have back that the whole office was cheering. He couldn’t believe that my calf is apparently already back to normal size, that I can comfortably stand tippy-toe (I haven’t gotten the nerve to do the one-legged lift yet), and that I am walking with only a barely perceptible limp. The biggest effect I still feel is that the ROM isn’t quite back yet — I think that’s why I’m scared to go down stairs completely normally. Also, things are always a little stiff in the mornings but that quickly goes away.
I had a particularly active day Saturday. Did some biking on an earth cruiser around the neighborhood…racing my husband at full-throttle. Also I hit a few golf balls and then we went to play and afterparty and were out dancing ’til 2:00 a.m. I was sore and swollen Sunday so I rested all day, and again yesterday, so today things felt great!
Today I swam 2000 yards, did 10 mins. on the elliptical (tougher than I thought it would be), and lifted weights for 45 mins. I am pleasantly tired!
The only really stupid risk I took is probably too much beer (it is my substitute for not being able to run). It tends to make me “feel less pain”
Sounds like some folks out there are making some really good progress! Seeing that progress has helped me keep my chin up and I think changed my whole attitude about this situation for the better…so a heartfelt thanks is in order! Now it’s time for me to comment on some of your great posts.
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Posted on May 1st, 2010 by marymargaret27
Here I am, almost 13 weeks out (I never thought I’d make that far with sanity intact and things are really progressing well. I am supposed to be barefoot indoors and in boot outdoors until May 17, so that is what I’m doing but I have to tell you this thing feels better now than it has in three years!!! I am going up and down stairs almost normally, am able to do single calf raises, all with no pain and only a minor feeling of weakness. It’s almost like a miracle has occurred. It’s a little tight in the morning first-thing and I have a small amount of that bottom of foot pain but that dissipates almost immediately. Now my only problem is motivating to get back in shape and I’ve begun consulting with a sports psychologist for that one. Perhaps I should take up kayak racing more seriously!
We’re headed out for a nice warm-weather boat ride so I’ll post more later…I am so glad we have this site!!
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