My “Comeback Plan” has been rattling around in my head since the day I broke my leg. I think it’s only natural to want to focus on getting back to the normal, even while in the midst of a trauma.
After my last appointment, the surgeon cleared me for things like weight-bearing, swimming, cycling (not on a spin bike) and the elliptical. Takeaways included “there’s no reason you can’t get back to running”, and to resume activity “as tolerated.” I took all of that very much to heart.
I returned to PT one week later, and my plan of care evolved from stretching to far more rigorous work. The weeks passed, and obviously I am getting stronger, but I wasn’t feeling particularly focused. I’m a goal-oriented person, so I put together a semblance of a comeback plan and shared it with two of the PTs (one is a runner, one is not).
Regular Gym Sessions
I have mentioned that PT is quite exhausting, but I really need to get on the gym bandwagon. Yes, I do all my stretches and exercises at home, but it’s not doing much for my endurance and stamina. My goal is to visit the gym on my non-PT days to spend time on the recumbent bike and the elliptical. It’s also a good time to get in some weights and abs. The thought is that this will help strengthen my leg with some non-impact workouts.
Get Refitted For Shoes
An annoying side effect of this injury is that my right foot is not falling back into its over-pronating tendencies. In fact, my beloved Adrenalines are actually causing that foot to roll way to the outside. This is not at all optimal. I end up doing some of my PT balance work barefoot just to help keep me in as neutral of a position as possible, although I did find a few neutral shoes in my closet that will serve for now.
I decided that the first week of March, the swelling should be gone enough that I can get refitted for an interim pair of running/walking shoes. We all agree that this is necessary to accommodate my current situation. I’m a bit intimidated to go into a running store and expose all my vulnerabilities, but it has to be done. The good news is that I’m competent enough in the fitting process that I can do a lot of it myself. I just want some professional backup.
Start Walking For Exercise
Once I have a handle on the shoes, the next stage of my Comeback Plan is to start actually walking. Walking comes before running, and it would be wise to get used to that before I introduce a Couch To 5K training plan. I am able to walk casually right now, but it’s time to focus on my gait and building up distance.
What’s The End Game?
The end game of this comeback plan is to return to running. Or jogging. Whatever you want to call it. I have a target 5K in mind, and I’m not too proud to walk it if necessary. The truth is I miss having goals and challenges, and I need something on my radar to keep me going.
So there it is. The Comeback Plan. Obviously, it’s subject to change and I need to be flexible and cautious, but I’m pretty committed. My PTs are also on board, with the understanding that I need to be careful and realize there are no guarantees.
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