Ok, so I have been bottless for a few days, and found out a few things, #1 driving long distances can really put a strain on the left foot, which is wierd as all it does is sit there unattended (in the future I wont be driving long distances without the boot for a while) #2 no matter what shoe designers tell you, the point at which a shoe, running or not, rubs the back of your leg is always going to be that point an inch or two above the heel which coincidentally is also the most common point for tearing the achilles tendon.
To offset this wonderfull finding I applied some KT Tape as in the online video for Achilles tendon support. I also doubled up on the piece that runs up the back of the leg from the heel (without tension) to double the impact protection. I have a CEP achilles brace, the one with the two gel pieces that are supposed to massage and protect the tendon, but all that does now is cause me more pain because of the constant pressure. So I have support without the pain, give me a ‘K’, give me a ‘T’, ra ra KT tape etc…good stuff! The rollercoaster part of this message is the mental unwinding as you reach post bootdom, when you take the boot off you feel like, ‘I DID IT!!’, but…… of course Im not healed, and the achilles still wouldnt appreciate a good old fashioned workout running hill repeats, especially as I now weight 270 instead of 230..hmmmm Im not fat, just big-boned So now the real work begins, I am deep into the Brain Training for runners book for the second time, enjoying that, and ready to start some walking, obviously I am going to have to listen carefully to my body instead of my GPS watch, but we all adapt, its slightly depressing that I cant run around still, that I still have that entry for Grandmas marathon in June, but I have set a new goal of a half at the end of August in St Paul, MN. I may make it, I may not, but I am going to have a goal, I NEED a goal right now…..thanks for all the support, I really appreciate it, its a long road, but we will make it through!
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