So if you haven’t noticed by now, I don’t do anything half way…it’s either all or nothing. I think you got a glimpse of that as I started walking. I wasn’t satisfied with being able to walk, I had to push the boundaries of what I could and couldn’t do. I wasn’t satisfied with just walking, I had to see how fast and how long I could walk…right up until I could run again… at which point I stopped walking and started to run.

 Runner’s World/Running Times…as well as every running guide will tell you about the 10% Rule. Quite simple…The 10-percent rule is one of the most important and time-proven principles in running. It states that you should never increase your weekly mileage by more than 10 percent over the previous week. (Yes….I ignore it….)

Being an experienced runner, you’d think I would have followed this time honored advice…(Remember that part about not doing anything halfway?)  So as I felt better, my mileage was going up, my very slow running pace was speeding up to a blistering..LESS Slow pace…. and then one day I felt it. Those warning signs of a stiff ankle… did I listen? Of course not! I’m a Runner….I can run thru this!

And yet I couldn’t.  My old friend Achilles Tendonitis had stopped in for a visit! I knew all the treatments, Stretching, Icing, Massaging… I pulled out my old Pro-Stretch and spent the next two weeks rehabbing my Achilles and ….ugh…walking…(Notice how the mentality of the Runner took over in a few short weeks?

It really only took a few short weeks before I was over that bout of Achilles Tendonitis and back on my way to becoming….


The Recovering Runner