Friends and family,
Last Friday we got a new addition to the family- Drum roll please…
A running leg!! She’s a beaut. Yes, she’s a blade just like you’ve seen in the movies or maybe the Olympics…
Here I am trying her out with my therapist Alicia, Tim, and Ashleigh. They were amazing and kept talking and joking with me as we walked and ran in small bursts for 6 miles (like an idiot – I signed up for the Army 10 mile race in DC on October 11th, so I’m training for that. I didn’t even run that far on two legs- what made me think I should try it on one?! I’m going to blame the lack of sleep and sporadic pain meds for affecting my sound judgement…)
Before Friday, I was running with my computer leg, xena, in the walk-to-run mode which was ridiculously hard because it’s so heavy and gives you no energy back. My blade is much lighter and gives 98% of the energy back – which is awesome- but nothing like a human leg which returns up to 300% of the force that you use flexing your muscles when you take a stride. All this to say, my therapist informs me while I was dying and everyone else was barely breaking a sweat-it’s ok and is understandable because scientists say it takes a below-knee amputees 30% more energy to ambulate (walk) and an above-knee amputees 60% more energy- and that’s just walking. No good data on running yet. Tim and Ashleigh, I’m sorry I was so grumpy and mean while we were running and the whole weekend after actually when I could barely walk from being sore. Thanks for going with me and putting up with my tears and frustration. For my Georgia friends, I’ll be back in town this week and am looking for new run/walk buddies.
Also, please note the old-school wrist guards- came in handy the 4 times I fell, haha. Safety first!
Lastly: running leg names list- Bambi, bolt (after the famous runner), speedy, Gonzalez, road runner. Please vote or add new suggestions. 🙂