It’s been quiet on my blog for a very long time, simply because all was fine and I got on with my life as usual, gradually increasing my activity level, starting to run, slowly increasing the distance and speed. Every time i noticed some stiffness in the morning after I would give myself an extra day of rest and run a bit slower the next day. This seemed to work nicely, so in september i started training volleyball again. Wow, that was something else than running, and worst of all was my jump! I used to reach 3m50 in the good times before my rupture, now I only just got off the ground! Very scary as well, to start jumping again, but after a shaky start, I noticed no bad effects. The day after I was sore, but not specifically my achilles tendon. After a couple of trainings my jump had improved to ca 70% my pre-injury height and I played a 4 set match. After that I was a bit sore in the morning and the soreness did not go, but got worse every day. So now, two I have pain in my achilles again in the morning, and when I run or jump, so no more volleyball, no more running and back to 3×15 eccentric heel drops twice a day, for 12 weeks. Only thing I still do is on the stationary bicycle.
Very depressing, just as I was starting to believe I could come back to volleyball. But I guess the hard lesson is that with my style of play (1m jump in the good days), my tendon is not going to carry that… So after a couple of weeks when I can run again, I will stick to that and avoid the high-impact sports for good.