On July 1 my physical therapist spent some time measuring my progress and told me that when I started PT, four weeks prior, I could only dorsal flex my left foot to 48 degrees. My left foot flexes to about 95 degrees. After four weeks of PT (my insurance is done paying for PT now, so if I continue I will have to self pay), I could flex my right foot to 71 degrees. It's still not to neutral, so my gait hasn't improved much, but I know that is good progress. It is still very weak and I have a long way to go. I'm trying very hard to stay positive because I know how important that is to healing, but it's been extremely difficult to fill the void that was created when I had to stop running.
So this morning when my alarm went off at 5:00 AM, I sat up in bed, and said out loud, "F*ck it, I'm going running!"
It was difficult because so much concentration is needed to keep from coming up short with my right foot and falling down...but I muddled through it. It was a beautiful morning and it felt good mentally, but physically it hurt. Because I have to strike on my toes my calf muscle takes a beating. It is very sore as I type this. This is what I came up with: