Working to Find Courage for a Friend

This is not the post I had planned for today, but sometimes topics come up at the right time to address them. For me, it’s the difficult subject of a friend’s accident. Life can change in an instant. I was just at a talk given by ESPN’s senior vice president Rob King. King was addressing students… Continue reading Working to Find Courage for a Friend

Having a Great PT Day, Reformer-Style

Yesterday turned into one of those totally unexpected great days. The kind where everything seems to go right. The very best thing was my physical therapy. Over the last few weeks, I’ve felt that something about my recovery turned a corner; the walking is better; the swelling is less; I feel more and more like… Continue reading Having a Great PT Day, Reformer-Style

Compression Socks and Compassion

One of the things that came along with my running timeline on Wednesday was the importance of getting my swelling under control. I’d never really thought too much about swelling. Other than puffiness in fingers or general body bloating around my period or my face swelling with an allergic reaction, I’ve never really had anything… Continue reading Compression Socks and Compassion

Injury to Recovery Timeline (or, Some Days Just Suck)

Approximately four weeks (July 22)  — running on the Newton (treadmill, at less than full body weight) Eight weeks or so (August 22) — adding some running with full body weight into workouts February 2012 — able to run 10K to half-marathon distance June 2012 — soonest I might be back to being able to run… Continue reading Injury to Recovery Timeline (or, Some Days Just Suck)

Recovery with a Little Help from My Friends

This is my training journal, so I try to keep my entries less diary-like and really focused on those things that are running/workout related. Since I’ve been injured, it’s been about the recovery process, which I consider part of training. And I’ve come to a very real realization over the last year:  My friends are… Continue reading Recovery with a Little Help from My Friends

The Mental Part of Recovery is Harder than the Physical

Well, like so much these days, there was good news and bad news. The good news is that I’m definitely making “appropriate” progress. I can flex and bend my foot more. I have more strength in my ankle (though it is pitifully little) and my balance has really, really increased. This made me quite happy;… Continue reading The Mental Part of Recovery is Harder than the Physical

Balance, Proprioception, and Reclaiming Ten Percent!!

In the spirit of my new training regime, I am celebrating every gain. We measured today, and I have 10 percent more flexibility in my ankle than the last time we measured. Woohooo! The physiology of recovery is interesting. The thing that I am most working on is balance. As explained to me by my… Continue reading Balance, Proprioception, and Reclaiming Ten Percent!!

I Should Be Doing Other Things (or Life Gets in the Way)

It’s crazy these days; I’m running non-stop from one things to another, seemingly always behind. Lots of what I have to do simply takes time. Despite everything, I’m taking just a few minutes to post. It’ll make me feel refreshed, like I had some “me” time. I went to physical therapy today. That was really… Continue reading I Should Be Doing Other Things (or Life Gets in the Way)