XXXI: Strength


I get to play a rough game during the standard work week…

Wake up.
Quick protein bar.
Gym.
Shower.
Work.
Lunch.
Work.
Dinner.
Gym.
Bed.

I’m still trying to get used to the concept, but trust me when I say that it isn’t easy. Sacrifices are made, plans get rearranged, and planning ahead was never so important.

All for the sake of running.

This morning while I was in round one of the gym time I found myself on the treadmill. A few months ago, after running a very rough trail race and trying to create my own 10K run, I severely (as I learned later) strained my Achilles tendon. I hate being injured, I don’t often get injured, but this time I was bound to play by the rules of recovery. Non-stop ice and heat, plenty of stretching throughout the day, and absolutely NO running. This went on for nearly an entire month. I can confess that it was very hard not heading out to the track or the open road, but each time I gave into that temptation I paid a price. A mile, two miles, if that and I’d be walking home, limping.

I didn’t have the strength, and time, patience, and obedience was the only way to fully recover.

This morning, a few days after running a four mile race in Arkansas, I approached the treadmill for the first time in over a month. I started running, kept running, sweat pouring off my face and my shirt was soaked. I kept that image for nearly thirty minutes, focusing on how my body felt, how I mentally felt, and even working to remove the memories and fears of pain associated with running. That’s what full rehabilitation is about; being able to walk away from an injury and not live day-to-day fearing that the pain will return.

Do I still ice and heat my Achilles after working out? Absolutely. I still rock my KT Tape throughout the day, and I doubt that’s going to change. It’s just nice to be back on track, on the track, and be pain free.

Injury Recovery Status: 100%

-D-

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