Struggling to get back on track

There are certain noises and feelings you don’t want to experience at the gym. The sound of someone dropping a huge weight followed by a scream. The feeling that you are about to pass out. For me, it was a pop and then a shooting pain in my left calf during step class. I thought maybe it was just a muscle cramp and tried to walk it off. It wasn’t happening. I could barely walk.

My walking boot

So, off to the doctor’s office I went.

The doctor’s office led to an X-ray and a trip to an orthopedic specialist. What I thought was just a pulled muscle was actually a torn Achilles tendon. I guess I should have been

thankful that it was only a slight tear. A ruptured Achilles would have required surgery and months of recovery and physical therapy. But a slight tear still means being confined to a walking boot for at least three weeks followed by 10 weeks of recovery.

What was I going to do?

Since I started working to lose weight over five years ago, there’s never been a time when I wasn’t active. Even when sick, I’d still try to get outside for some fresh air or just to take the dog for a long walk. So six weeks of little to no exercise was driving me crazy! I looked forward to physical therapy since it was at least a little bit of a workout.

Getting back to my routine

Four weeks ago, I was completely cleared to start working out again. I was excited and couldn’t wait to get back to the gym. But what used to be the high point of my day has turned into something I dread. I still love taking Zumba© and cardio-boxing, but getting back into the routine of training for a race has been difficult. I don’t know if I’m worried about getting hurt again or if the time off has sapped me of my motivation.

Blue Cross Broad Street Run is coming up soon, and I need to train. Do you have any suggestions on how to overcome training obstacles? I desperately need to get back on track!

3 thoughts on “Struggling to get back on track

  1. The best advice I can offer is to take it slow. I tore my ACL a few years ago while training for a half marathon, and I was discouraged with my deteriorated fitness level and scared that I would hurt myself even more when I started to run again. I jogged and walked slowly for a week, mostly for my own sanity. By the end of the week, I was feeling confident again. Good luck!!

  2. Thanks Annie. I started a real training program this week in preparation of the Broad Street Run. The training is definitely harder than previous years, but I’ve been taking it slow. I just need to remember how great it will feel to be totally prepared the morning of the Broad Street Run.

  3. Seeing your foot in that Camwalker brings back memories of a similar experience. I hung onto that boot as a reminder to back off when I’m tired and to try new activites to give my running muscles a break (once in awhile!). It was really tough mentally and physically to run with confidence again. Slow and steady is my advice – and it sounds like you’re well on your way.

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