Five Month Recovery

Five Months

It’s been five months since I tore my ACL (four months since surgery), and I’m currently in the middle of a progression running program from Brigham and Women’s Hospital – as passed along to me by my awesome physical therapist Eric.

I’m able to do these “runs” every other day, and preferably on the safety of a treadmill. It’s been a bummer to be indoors with all this spring sunshine, but I am very grateful to be running!

Each phase is considered complete when the next day’s pain and swelling are essentially nonexistent:

(1) Walk 5 minutes, run 1 minute, five repetitions
(2) Walk 4 minutes, run 2 minutes, five repetitions
(3) Walk 3 minutes, run 3 minutes, five repetitions (this week!)
(4) Walk 2 minutes, run 4 minutes, five repetitions
(5) Jog every other day with the goal of reaching 30 consecutive minutes. Begin with five minutes of walking, gradually increasing the pace. End with five minutes of walking, gradually decreasing the pace to a comfortable walk.

There’s a lot more to this plan that I’ve already completed with my therapists – so in other words, don’t just try this at home ;-)

This past Thursday, while running two minutes around the 16-minute mark of my workout, I literally felt my face go from total concentration to an all out SMILE!!!! It’s been a very long process, but it’s working!

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