Sunday, October 09, 2011

4 years

During a weekend spent watching the V8s at Bathurst, I was reminded that it was this time 4 years ago that I ruptured my achilles

This was a big year in that respect, because I finally got back into running, which I had only just got into before the injury. 

It started off by walking to work for a few months, which not only meant I managed to finally slim down a bit again, but gave me some confidence in the leg again. Every time in the past that I'd asked a bit more of it, it would give me grief - whether it be the achilles, the calf, or the knee.  

Then I moved house and walking to work was no longer an option, so I fired up the treadmill with the intention of walking a couple of times a week. Instead, I found myself winding up the speed and doing more jogging than walking. After the leg failed to make any complaints, I decided to keep it up. To make sure I kept up with it, I set myself a goal: the 2011 Bridge to Brisbane fun run.

So last month, not only did I enter the 5km B2B, but I finished slightly faster than I expected, finishing in 37 mins 22 sec. I'm not going to say it was easy by any stretch of the imagination, but it wasn't near as hard as I was expecting it to be. I was a little sore over the next few days - particularly the calf - but all up the leg handled it really well.

I haven't decided whether I'll enter another fun run in the near future, but it was such a good feeling to be back where I was prior to the injury. It feels like it's really behind me now.

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