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

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.

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.

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I’ll be back again someday.

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!

22 Replies to “Post Achilles Surgery Week 11 – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”

  1. Muscle memory is a wonderful thing! Great work with the cross training! That is something that I have not done well when an injury keeps me from running. I am sure it will pay off for you!!!It is good to hear everything is going well! You’ve got this!!! : )

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  2. You are such a beast Randy. Haha 😂 Also, kettle bell swings get the best of everyone. Those are evil. I think I threw out my back last time I attempted it. Haha so bad. Anyway, I had a laugh when I read the flex off and was saddened to find out that you don’t actually do that. 😛 Way to let people down.

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  3. I’m tardy to the party but glad you had a great week! Doesn’t it feel good to sign up and pay for a race instead of paying for a doctor’s copay or something? It’s like the best feeling ever after an injury. I hope you continue recovering and have fun with it, you have the best attitude ever (even though I know it has to be super hard sometimes and it might not always come out in the blog post).

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  4. I swear I saw a woman walking in place like that at a stop light in San Diego last month. I thought she was trying to keep up her heart rate while waiting for the light to change so she could start running again, but she stayed in that spot for several cycles through the traffic lights. It was so weird! And I was eating lunch so I had nowhere to go either. I just sat there and watched her.
    Anyway… that’s exciting news you’ve already got your first “race” back planned! All of this cross training/strengthening is only going to help you, so kudos on that. Keep it up!

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