Post Achilles Surgery Week 17 – We’re Gonna Need a Montage

Montage – Movies,Television.

  1. juxtaposition or partial superimposition of several shots to form a single image.
  2. a technique of film editing in which this is used to present an idea or set of inter-connected ideas.

I know that it’s Marathon Monday, so many of you runner types are running/watching Boston. Honestly, I’m not that into it this year. I think my last 2 failed attempts combined with the injury have me a bit down in the dumps about the whole Boston thing. I’ll get over it, that’s for sure. It’s just hard to be excited right now. I want to share in the joy that so many will feel today, although I don’t want to share in that weather.

I took a half day on Thursday to reunite with some Navy buddies in Charleston, SC. It’s amazing what the difference between the trip to a destination and the trip back can be. Thursday I was rocking out to my favorite road trip songs and enjoying the sights of the USA.

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This was Thursday, obviously.

Saturday morning when I woke up at 5am to drive back, I was chewing on RunGum and trying to survive. I made it back just in time for Charlie’s first coach pitch baseball opening ceremonies. I’ll admit, I was rough. We rushed home so I could eat lunch and then take a 20 minute power nap, then went back to the field for pictures, practice and his first game. I’m assistant coaching, so I sucked it up and did my best. Charlie was AWESOME! He went 4 for 4 and I was very proud of him. The team won by a ton of runs and I was proud of them too.

The Boys of Summer

So as you may have heard, I’m running now! In just a couple of short weeks, I’ve gone from Alter G treadmill, to treadmill, to the ROAD! Yes, I’m only allowed 2 minute intervals at the moment, but they feel SO GREAT.

I always seem to gravitate toward 8 minute miles.

It felt indescribably great to pound the pavement. I lost my wind fairly quickly, but it felt pretty natural. I’ll graduate to 3 minute intervals by the end of the week and hopefully onto putting real miles in late in the week after that. I knew I’d inevitably get to this point, but things have gone so well and I’m so thankful.

This recovery is going to take patience. I’d like to fast forward a bit and get right back to hard training, but that would take a montage.

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12 Replies to “Post Achilles Surgery Week 17 – We’re Gonna Need a Montage”

  1. Take some photos now, continue to build back up, find a BQ race, BQ, go to Boston….and then make a montage and it better include these starting intervals! You’re looking good! Also, I like the song The Boys of Summer.

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  2. Glad you are able to get back into things. If you can, try to enjoy each bit, each interval, each part of the process of getting back, instead of just waiting to be able to go full throttle. I’m only suggesting that cause it really helped me coming back from injury, gave me so much more appreciation when I got back to 100% and made me more mindful about how I push myself and take care my body now.
    Exciting to see you are on the road again!

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  3. Yep all that was said above makes perfect sense. Being injured really makes you appreciate running a whole lot more and take it all in stride. You’re doing great! Loved reading about your journey thus far. Me and you are both going to make Boston happen in the near future! I just need to get over a the mountain of conquering a few more ultras first. 😉

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  4. This part of coming back from an injury can get tedious — if your life was a movie this is definitely where the montage would be. I like the idea of taking a bunch of pictures and making your own montage after you’ve BQ’d and run Boston!

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  5. I’m so glad you’re back to road running! Mine was less serious, but I can so relate to having to do things a certain way. I’m still slowly getting back into it. It’s like the rest of your body (and mind) is well and ready so it can be frustrating… but you’re doing great! Glad the running is feeling good! Keep it up!

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