XXXI: Strength

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

Wake up.
Quick protein bar.

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%


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