I know it’s been a long time since I have posted. As many find, time heals and we get on with our lives. I celebrated my 1 year surgery anniversary by running 2 5Ks in 1 week! What an amazing time. I had missed running so much and was so pleased to be able to run my first races with decent times. Not too far off my pre -injury pace and in the bigger race (800 runners), even finished 4th in my age group out of 48. My achilles still gets very stiff, so I am continuing to do stretching and lots of heel lifts. One thing that is surprising is how long it has taken for my calf muscle to regain it’s former size. Still not there by about 3/4 inch. CRAZY!! I have been walking, hiking, running and doing my exercises and still have a ways to go. That is the hardest thing about running. Up hills, I just don’t have the strength in that leg and can really feel it. My muscle cramps in that calf are finally minimal and I am so grateful for that!
My message to all is - hang in there!! The first few weeks are the hardest. I remember how depressed I was at first: thinking about having to have surgery, knowing that my summer was blown, work would be very difficult, etc etc. Dealing with the physical limitations after surgery was hard. Crutches suck and I about ruined my other achilles by hopping around on my other foot, so be careful about that!!
Then, we all live in fear of re-rupture. I plan on continuing to run, but am being very careful about anything that involves jumping. I cannot imagine life without doing the things I love. So, I am going to continue and try to be as careful as I can. Going golfing tomorrow:)
Good luck to everyone and speedy recovery!!