Well, it has again been quite some time since my last post. Let’s see, where to begin. Ok, I took the trip out of the country, did not play baseball, was the manager/coach, as it was only 5 months post surgery. My mind said yes, but my body said no. I got plenty of exercise, touring the sites, which was good overall for the mind and the body.
Funny thing — at 6 months post surgery, things got really good. No pain, no swelling, and frankly, no thought to the Achilles. My PT started some plyos and viola, I was going strong and getting stronger. Played baseball the first week in May and ran like crazy (I kept hearing them say, "Stop Forest, stop!"), but dang it felt so great to run. Did not even ice down post game. Got my timing down as well.
Since then, picked up the intensity of the workouts and have no residual issues other than an occasional heel soreness which I attribute to running too hard without adequate support.
The one thing I’ve noticed is that I’ve gotten stronger in my legs. I’ve actually got some "hops" in me which, given my age, race and body type, would have certainly cemented the dreaded white man’s disease forever more. Yet, because of the PT workouts (strength training, etc.), I’m getting in much better overall shape. I’ve also started a fairly aggressive yoga class which is great for balance and strength (I used to do lots of yoga, and actually taught same).
So the marathon is over as far as I’m concerned. It was 8 months post surgery May 23, and I feel like, as one commentator said, I’m a poster child for quick recovery. Yes, I still have some soreness and creakiness in my left foot but no pain, no limitation of movement, etc. I cannot fully extend up on my toes on one foot, but then again, my ballerina days are long gone.
I do wish everyone well. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about this experience it is that:
1. Everybody is different.
2. Do not (or at least try not to) compare yourself with others.
3. Take what people say (doctors, etc.) and even here on this blog, with a grain of salt.
4. My two cents is that you should really listen to your body (duh) and not push the envelope until you are ready. If you are a jock, type A personality, or just a general guy/gal, you obviously want to come back from this devastating injury ASAP. However, the temptation to do "too much too soon" will only set you back. So be patient.
5. There is really is no last point. Just want to extend my wishes, thanks, and love to everybody out there.