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Post Achilles Surgery Week 20 – I’m High as a Kite and I Just Might…

RunEatRalph

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OK Loopsters, I wrote this late last week and once again I've slacked in sharing it with the Loop. Please forgive me. I hope you'll read it anyway. I have other posts since the last, but I don't want to unload them all at once. If you want to know more about weeks 17-19, look here.

Happy Friday! Yes, I know it’s Thursday but it’s a Friday for me. I swear I’m not trying to rub it in everyone’s faces even though that’s EXACTLY what I seem to be doing. My bad.

This week is my first official week where I get to run miles, as opposed to minutes. Tuesday was the first day of running miles since December 13th, I’ll always remember that date. At first, I wanted to run with people and kind of celebrate but then I decided that I just kind of wanted to be alone in the dark.

Running has felt a little strange, but I think my form stayed pretty normal. My “baby calf” (that’s what I’ve named my weakened calf on the injured side) held up okay for the first mile but started to tire a little in the 2nd. My lungs haven’t felt the strain of distance running in quite sometime and that’s noticeable. None of that matters. I RAN 2 MILES.

img_3783 I really was that excited.

I need to rewind a bit. On Saturday, there was a wedding! A great wedding at that. My friends Michael and Brooke (both runners) tied the knot and several of the running buddies were there to celebrate the day. I think we did a pretty great job of it. Runners are good, fun people.

img_3784 Robbie and I went Rocky IV. 

My darling wife (a non-runner, soccer player type) did a pretty good job of putting up with us. I think she had a good time too. We even danced (horribly, me at least). These pictures capture us well, I think.

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Okay, back to the running stuff. So last week, I said that I hoped to run with friends and have some coffee. Well, I did.

img_3782 Missed this more than I can say.

This was a great run. Even my non-runner (soon to be runner) work buddy Cody aka Lil Code showed up. 3 miles was the longest he’d ever run and he did GREAT. I really didn’t have any trouble getting 3 miles done and even picked it up to a about a 6:40/mile pace for the last quarter mile or so. I got that sweet, sweet runner’s high. My baby calf is a little sore now, but it’s nowhere near my repaired tendon and feels completely like muscle fatigue. I look at it as feeding that baby calf until it grows into a strong bull.

I mustered up the energy to train at lunch time and do some strength training. I still need to get these glutes firing!

Well, that’s it for this week. Soon enough, I won’t be titling my posts with post Achilles surgery anything. I’ll have to get more creative.

Hope you all have a great weekend, whenever it may start.

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There are few things sweeter than the comeback trail.

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Excellent news!! I remember trying to build up my own baby calf after my broken ankle - it's amazing how much atrophy can happen with 4 months in a cast/boot! Soooooooo many one-footed heel raises... But it does come back! Keep up the good work so we can see you in December ;-) 

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stop to check you out.... 

YAY RUNNING!  
Thanks for the ear worm.

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So great to hear good news. Build that bull!

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I've been so happy to see you back!  You will soon be able to lose the surgery titles, but keep the great song lyrics.

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On ‎5‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 9:05 PM, SIbbetson said:

I've been so happy to see you back!  You will soon be able to lose the surgery titles, but keep the great song lyrics.

I can't WAIT to lose the surgery titles haha. The song lyrics will last forever. :)

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On ‎5‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 10:30 AM, Running Nutz said:

stop to check you out.... 

YAY RUNNING!  
Thanks for the ear worm.

Just in case the effect wore off, I figured I'd respond and give that worm a longer lifespan haha.

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On ‎5‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 9:44 AM, HotPinkSneakers said:

Excellent news!! I remember trying to build up my own baby calf after my broken ankle - it's amazing how much atrophy can happen with 4 months in a cast/boot! Soooooooo many one-footed heel raises... But it does come back! Keep up the good work so we can see you in December ;-) 

December? That sounds good. You coming down to Lynchburg?

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This is so wonderful. Hope you continue to make steady progress forward! Thrilled for you!

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Shouldn't the "baby calf" be called the "veal"? Too cruel?

Great to see you back out there!

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