It’s coming close to a year since my Achilles rupture so on the eve of the anniversary, I thought I post a much delayed update. I have been consistently exercising by the means of cycling but have not done much more than that. I manage to go out on my road bike at least 2-3 times a week usually between 5-10 miles. But I knew I had to transition to a much more strenuous form of exercise if I want to strengthen my Achilles and the next logical step was jogging.
About two weeks ago, which is just over 10 months post surgery, I started running. It is much later then most people but I am not in a rush and I wanted to be sure I can handle the pressure. If you can, try to find a well maintained grass ground to start jobbing. I don’t have a lot of grassy areas around my house so I had to run on concrete. A few months ago, I tried jogging and after maybe 100 yards, I started having pain in my legs. I went back to cycling. I meant to e-mail my PT to ask if I should run through pain but never got around to doing it. He did offer me to go back and visit whenever and would be happy to answer any questions. I guess that is how it is the more departed you are from your treatment, the more separated you become to rely on them.
Finally, I set my sight to run around the block. I made sure I was well hydrated and stretched before starting. I stretched my calves, hamstrings, and thighs. I usually stretch either from top to bottom or vice versa so I can keep a tab of my major muscle groups. It works really well.
I started off really slow. Just as my surgeon, Dr. J told me, job by rolling off the balls of my foot. My goal was to run around my block which comes out to just short of a mile at .7 miles and not stop. I succeeded. I was not as out of shape as I thought probably due to my cycling habits. However, I was feeling pain in my other parts of my leg. My knees in particular. Since then, I have gone jogging 3 more times and I have my good days and bad days. But I never had to stop which is a major accomplishment. Post running pain is minimal and there have not been any swelling either. I think this is largely in part I’ve lost 20 lbs in the past 3.5 months.