Monday, November 10, 2008

Time for a second opinion.

Well after Saturday's trip to my PT, I think it is time for a 2nd opinion. Originally I was told after a "few weeks" things should improve. Over a week ago I was told to go ahead and resume light running. So last week I did a whopping 9 miles...TOTAL! I went to the therapist Saturday and now he tells me not to run for 2 more weeks. WHAT THE HELL!!??? I haven't done anything for about 8 weeks now and the little lump and discomfort are still there.
So after running a bit last week, which felt amazing, I get to back it back down again for 2 weeks. I am told I can swim and ride my bike again though. Funny thing after I was told not to run for 2 weeks, the PT promptly threw me on the treadmill for a mile. Hmmm......
Anyway, I could really use any advice from someone who has had an Achilles issue in the past.


Brad Mitchell said...

Hey Aric,
I feel your frustration, I know exactly what you're going through.
Remember your accumulated miles toward the end of the season. Muscle memory is a great thing. Once you get back into the swing of things and do some base aerobic work, you'll most likely bounce right back to where you were when you had to call an end to the season. I would highly recommend keeping on the resistance training, stretching programs, and whatever aerobic conditioning you can handle. I would also recommend turning your resistance trainging into high rep/fast paced routines with little rest between sets to help push the heart rate a bit.
As for PT's - I have found it is worth searching for one that has experience with runners. Sure, most may have experience with athletes but you want one that deals with runners.
So - stay positive, think healthy thoughts! You'll be back at it in no time at all.

scott said...

Oh, I have some advice but it would make you sooo sorry that you are not screening comments. long as you can get your thang in a ski boot, things will be just fine. Now, if it gets to a point that you can't get into the boots...well then the world will stop turning.
Nymphing on the river in your flip flops, this time of year, is so very good for getting rid of STD's on your achilles. Boy that shit spreads.