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Post Achilles Surgery Week 11 - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger


RunEatRalph

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Good morning! The title of this week’s post comes from a song (of course) that always has me thinking back to my Navy deployment days. It was quite popular overseas.

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This shirt should have at least one check mark now.

The title of this week’s post is relevant because it’s about how I’m feeling right now. My PT is going very well. I think so. My PTs think so too.

I’m able to do a few more things this week. I’m lifting weights more often. I’m rowing. I hit the pool. I even started using kettlebells for the last 2 weeks. I’m seriously getting my butt kicked with just basic kettlebell swings. There are a ton of benefits to doing them, that’s for sure. After just a few circuits, I’m a sweaty puddle on the floor.

There have been several noticeable improvements to my overall fitness. I didn’t do before and after measurements of my guns or anything, but when I do my usual flex-off in the mirror they do look a little bigger (I don’t REALLY do that). My balance and stability seem better. Body weight exercises seem a bit easier.

Way back when I first got hurt, I wrote that I would come back better and stronger. I’ll be honest when I tell you that there have been times during these 11 long weeks that I haven’t wasn’t so sure. I feel like I’ve passed through the worst of it and I see the beautiful light at the end of the tunnel.

My confidence is growing every single week. The little exercises that were SO challenging are becoming easier and easier. My limp is just about gone, other than when I push a little hard at PT or at the gym.

I signed up for a 5k in April! I have promised that I won’t get any sort of last minute competitive fire and overdo it. I will WALK it. I walked a 1/2 mile this morning on the treadmill to “get ready” for it. 🙂

 

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Competitive fire.

My confidence is so high right now. It’s not a matter of “if”. It’s a matter of “when”. My goal is seriously to PR within 6 months of being a full time runner again. It sounds aggressive and maybe it is. The way I see it, my body knows how to run and it knows what it takes to run hard. When this is all over, I’ll have spent many weeks improving the things that my body DIDN’T know how to do.

Thanks again for all of the help you’ve given with advice and encouragement. It means a lot. I can’t say that enough. I do need help with one more thing…we need to figure out which race I’ll run to get my PR!

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Just fantastic.  That 5K will feel like such an incredible step towards full recovery.  :D

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Are there any races that coincide with an Oktoberfest? I can't think of a better way to celebrate kicking das boot than chugging a celebratory beer out of one of these bad boys: 

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39 minutes ago, Gonzo Runner said:

Are there any races that coincide with an Oktoberfest? I can't think of a better way to celebrate kicking das boot than chugging a celebratory beer out of one of these bad boys: 

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I like the way you're thinking.

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If you are going to be competing in the mode of Bryan Cranston, count me OUT. But otherwise, for a comeback race somewhere mid-Atlantic-ish, I'd love to be there. Great to hear about the progress.

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3 hours ago, J Zee said:

If you are going to be competing in the mode of Bryan Cranston, count me OUT. But otherwise, for a comeback race somewhere mid-Atlantic-ish, I'd love to be there. Great to hear about the progress.

That’s certainly my neck of the woods. I’ll keep you posted. 😀

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10 hours ago, ChocTop said:

Daft punk are pretty popular here...

Great to hear of improvement.

Yes! My kinda people :)

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PT before PR: it may not work alphabetically, but it works in real life.  Keep that positive attitude going!

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Maybe an OCR in your future to test out that new strength?

Stay smart about not heading in the direction of 'too much, too soon'. No doubt you'll be back on top again.

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I love kettlebells! Such a great workout tool - and swings will definitely help prime you for a fantastic comeback !

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2 hours ago, HotPinkSneakers said:

This is all very excellent! 

What's your timeframe for a PR race? You're not too far from me... 

 

I'd love to go for it late this year or early next year. Don't say Rehoboth haha. I'd love to be ready for the Navy-Air Force Half, but that would be tough to PR. I could run it for fun though. :)

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On 3/7/2018 at 2:33 PM, RunEatRalph said:

I'd love to go for it late this year or early next year. Don't say Rehoboth haha. I'd love to be ready for the Navy-Air Force Half, but that would be tough to PR. I could run it for fun though. :)

I'm planning on Navy/Air Force Half! It's almost always hot and humid that day, so it's a good one to just do for fun anyway :-P 

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