Happy new year everyone!
Wow what a year 2016 has been for me injury wise.
Everything was going so well in my fitness journey (running faster, getting stronger in the gym) until one day 6 months ago when I when I was playing a 5 a side football match (first time playing in a few years) I tore my achilles tendon … ouch!
All I heard was a loud “pop” and it felt that someone had hit me with a baseball bat in the back of the ankle. Luckily know one was around me at the time.
I knew straight away that I had ruptured it due to my mother having the same problem many years ago with the same symptoms.
Whilst on the ground screaming all I could think of was the very next day I was supposed to attempt a new dead lift PR which obviously wasn’t going to happen now. My doctor actually told me I wouldn’t be able to squat or dead lift until a year has passed! What a nightmare.
Well for the next 6 months all I could do was rest and repair. After a few months of not doing a lot I actually started to think that this was a blessing in disguise because I felt so much better within my self. I think I had been over training so now my body is getting the rest it needs. Before the injury I couldn’t sleep properly and kept getting other injuries mostly shoulder and chest strains. Maybe this is why my achilles tendon snapped?
After a long 6 months of recovering making sure that I have followed all the physios’ advice I have finally been signed off and I am now slowly get back into all types of sports: squats, dead lifting, running, tennis! Yay!
So my fitness journey continues but obviously a long way to go.
My fitness goals are currently to get back to where I was:
Bench press: goal: 160kg – current: 147kg
Deadlifting: goal: 250kg – current 80kg
Squat: goal 200kg (reps) – current: 0
Running: goal 10k – 5 mins slow pace on the treadmill
Football: too soon, need to improve on my running first.
Tennis: too soon, need to improve on my running first.
I will update this blog with my up to date stats and how I am getting on with my recovery.
Oh and if anyone else suffers from this awful injury it does get better, just very slowly.
Also check out this blog for advice. I found it very useful to see if I was on the right path to recovery.