Post Achilles Surgery Week 16 – Despite All my Rage, I’m Still Just a Rat in a Cage

Happy Thursday, friends! The title of my post comes from somewhere, as nearly all of them do. I’m not cool enough to give prizes for naming the source, but your street cred will go through the ROOF.

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You really can’t put a price on street cred.

I don’t exactly have a ton of rage, but the closer I get to being ready for running the less patience I seem to have. We are CLOSE. I can just about taste it at this point and that makes me harder to handle. It also doesn’t help that we’ve had some nice days and I’m seeing runners out in bunches. I want to be one of them. The running dreams are starting to come back and they are quite vivid. There’s disappointment when I wake up.

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Yep, that’s me.

I do have a ton of good news this week! The rumor is that I’ll be hopping on a treadmill next week. There was even a handshake agreement so there’s no backing out now, Rebecca (Physical Therapist). Part of being allowed to try running was a measurement of the height of my heel raises (good leg compared to bad leg). I promised that I wouldn’t intentionally “sandbag” by not raising my good heel up.

Good leg – 3.5″ raise

Bad leg – 3.25″ raise

That was good enough! The work has been paying off. The crazy part was how fatigued my bad leg can get after my PT workouts. Rebecca measured again after we were done working out and I could only raise the bad leg up 2.1″. Quite a drop.

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As you can see, there’s work to be done.

Workouts this week consisted of plenty of balance stuff, some kettlebells/deadlifts, “bounding” (leaping around all nimbly/bimbly like a cat), ladder drills and the elliptical. I did hit the VersaClimber for about 5 minutes. I still hate it.

I was told that I can pretty much do anything but run now, even jump rope! I don’t have to worry about damaging the repair anymore. That’s HUGE news. Being able to ditch the fear and hesitation that I’ve been carrying around for over 4 months is a big weight off of my shoulders.

I’m finally getting on an Alter-G treadmill tomorrow! I’m pretty excited about that because 1. It’s kinda neat and 2. It’s kinda sorta running. I’ll probably write a full post about it because I know a lot of runners are curious.

I do have a 5k this weekend! I’ll be a walker though. My good friend Jeremy, who’s recovering from some awful thing called the Georgia Death Race is going to walk with me. I wasn’t going to sign up for any races, but the Point of Honor 5k  is a great race organized by a great guy with money going to a great cause. It also helped that my employer pays our entry. 🙂

Well, that about does it for this week. Anybody have any insight as to what to expect from the Alter-G? 

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11 Replies to “Post Achilles Surgery Week 16 – Despite All my Rage, I’m Still Just a Rat in a Cage”

  1. That title was way too easy…
    You’re almost there! Holy cow!! That’s such exciting news and it really is HUGE that they say you can’t damage the repair anymore. Enjoy that Alter G! You deserve it!

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  2. I ran on an alter-G once. It was at a PT office where I visited for a workshop. It feels weird… I don’t know how to describe it. But I think you’ll really like it, you will be reminded of running, that’s for sure. I’m glad your recovery is still going well and that you can do so much, and I hope the walk goes well for you and Jeremy. It’s awesome that you get to do it and be with a friend and support a great cause, even if it’s not running.

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  3. Oh my gosh, Georgia Death Race!? Ha, love it! Glad you are still on the mend; I know recovery is a long road, but you are getting closer every day. Keep your chin up!

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  4. 1 – I actually know the song in your title for a change!
    2 – I love the “nimbly bimbly” line “right meow”
    3 – Keep up the great work! There is light at the end of the no-running tunnel.
    4 – Where is this “nice weather” of which you speak? Last Thurs. was gorgeous for the first track invite of the season but we’re debating on whether or not to take the kids to one tomorrow as temps aren’t supposed to reach above freezing until noon. This miserable start to spring has definitely damped my running spirits!

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  5. Not only do I recognize that song lyric, I know the exact episode of Seinfeld that screenshot is from AND I can throw up the Van Buren Boys’ hand signal, unlike George there. Hope the 5K was fun!

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