4 Month Anniversary - Week 18

Today was my 4 month post-op anniversary so as a gift to myself, I decided to attempt to run a 10 minute mile on the treadmill.
When I saw the display time at 10:05 as I completed the first mile, I wasn’t completely happy, so I decided to go for another mile and pick up my pace.
When I reached the 2 mile mark the display read 19:55, so I decided to shoot for a 5k.  I was able to complete the 5k at 30:45, just under a 10 min a mile pace.
I was very happy that I have accomplished this goal. It was not easy. I had to  make very short strides and wasn’t pushing off with the balls of my  feet, more like with the middle part and heel. And it was pretty scary, in my mind I could re-rupture at any minute. But I kept a very short stride, and tried not to push it too much, and I did it!
I have only been running 1 or 2 miles twice a week or so, and this was over  the top for me. I don’t have the form for running properly yet, unless I do it at a very slow pace, for a short duration.
I have been doing the same things I mentioned in my last post, with an  addition of eccentric heel raises on the stairs (no backpack yet).
The lying leg curl machine does not hurt my calf anymore.
I can now hop 5 to 10 times on the floor on my injured leg. I can hop on the trampoline on a single leg for unlimited time (until I get tired or lose my balance).
I can do single heel raises and hold the raise for 10 seconds, more or less.
I think I have made a lot of progress in the last 2 weeks, and things are looking better everyday. Hard work pays off !!!
Calf still feels stiff or ankle feels lose at times. Sometimes I feel like my ankle is not there, or too lose, but I think this is just part of it. Anybody feels that way too? At times I even forget about it, and this is a good thing. I can’t wait to get to the 8th month when people say that’s when you totally forget about it.
I am pretty confident the 100% recovery will come, just not sure when. For now I will keep posting.
Happy and safe healing to all!!!

7 Responses to “4 Month Anniversary - Week 18”

  1. Very rewarding anniversary present s40love I am sure you are really chuffed with the progress keep it up you are becoming an inspiration to us all, best regards, Mickeyc

  2. Happy 4 months, S40love! You are dangerous, going for a ten min jog and stretching it to 5 miles in 39 min! (I think those are six minute miles). :-)
    You are definitely way ahead of me… I’m envious in a good way! LOL
    Happy healing!…… Manny

  3. Hi…reading your posts are a great motivator of what can be…I’m only slightly jealous that you’re so far ahead. Even tho we had surgery within a couple of days of each other…I was advised not to start physio till 12 wks so now playing catch up. Good luck with the next steps

  4. Thanks guys for the comments.
    I don’t mean for anyone to get jealous, inspired would be a better
    goal (Thanks @mickeyc!).
    @Loulou, I put a note on your page about fear.
    We can do it, we will all get there eventually!!!
    Btw, yesterday I conquered another fear and ran 6 miles on the TM. My achilles feels a lot stronger now, and I started to train for my 5k in June!

  5. Very nice work on your progress. Keep it up. And thanks for sharing. It seems a lot of people on this blog have had ruptures in the first couple months of 2016. Being able to look ahead to other people’s stories is nice.

  6. Wow, 4 months and you playing tennis and running! It’s so fun to read that you acctually will be doing that again;) I’m 6 week post and still a long way to go but I’m also a training freak and looking for different ways moving forward.
    Thx for sharing

  7. Hi china… Ha ha… If you are a workout freak like me that will definitely speed up your progress. Whenever you have an ok from your doctor, start doing some leg presses, extension, and curls. Also calf presses on the leg press machine is great too. I usually do 4 sets of 12. Then later you can move on to squats, lunges and deadlifts. I played some games just to see where I was at. I was even able to rush to the net, and volley!!! By the hour end, I was tired and limping though. I am going to try to play some games again on week 22 again. Cheers!!!

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