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Sometimes the Doctors are Wrong...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I had a freakish accident about 8 years ago and broke both of the bones in my lower right leg (freakish meaning I broke my leg jumping for beads at Mardi Gras... ). Although the doctors put it all back together with plates and screws, my tendons were a mess and they said I would never run again. This was extremely disappointing as I was an avid runner before that. I gained weight and just couldn't find another exercise I liked as well until I started going on long hikes. I tried playing softball several years ago, but the pain was always too unbearable the next day.

Anyway, to make a long story short, my recent health improvements made me want to try it again. I started my jogging slowly - only an eigth of a mile. I gradually built it up to a quarter mile, then a half mile, and then a very slow full mile. Today I ran a mile in 9:52. Nothing spectacular, BUT I WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO DO IT! Although I'm tired (especially since I did strength training afterwards), the legs are fine! My right ankle is permanently swollen a little bit because of the past tendon damage, but it didn't bother me!

I won't be running a 5K within the next few months, but I do plan on getting there!

I saw a quote recently on the SparkPeople site - "A great pleasure in life is doing something that other people say you cannot do." (Walter Bagehot) I'm feeling pretty pleased right now!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ROX525 11/24/2012 6:38AM

    Great job Bill. I believe it is easier to jog slow than to walk fast. At least for me.

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DIENEBIENE 11/10/2012 3:28AM

    Great to hear. I wish you all the best in pursuing your goals!

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ADRIENALINE 11/8/2012 2:24PM

    You are an awesome person to endure all that you do and still come out on top. Congratulations on your running success.

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PPELTON 11/1/2012 8:19PM

    YOu Can do ANYTHING as long as you go easy ay first. Keep on running!

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LYNCHD05 11/1/2012 4:57PM

    Way to go! Glad you persevered and did what you wanted!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/1/2012 12:58AM

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is wonderful!!!!! I am so happy that you proved that doctor wrong!!!!

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IMIN2GENES 10/31/2012 9:41AM

    emoticon That's awesome! Best of luck getting to that 5K.

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DAWN14163 10/31/2012 2:40AM

    That's brilliant! I love running for all sorts of reasons, although really it's slow plodding rather than running emoticon

Smiling for you here!


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BEARGODDESS 10/30/2012 6:24PM

    Congratulations Bill!! That is fantastic!! Never give up!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

(Is it wrong of me to be impressed with the fact that you broke your leg jumping for Mardi Gras beads?) emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/30/2012 6:10PM

    Congratulations! Glad to see you're able to exceed your own expectations.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/30/2012 5:46PM

    That's so wonderful! A sub-10 mile is great. Remember that sprinter who won an Olympic medal after being shot as an innocent bystander in a drive by? The doctors told him he would never run again too. And look, now among the best in the world.

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