This whole situation deserves a more thoughtful and thorough post, but for now I will leave you with just a simple update.
I’ve been running through some increasing discomfort the last few weeks, and after my long run attempt ended with me limping home in tears I knew it was time for a visit to the orthopedist.
A few x-rays later, I find out I’ve been unknowingly running on stress fractures in my tibia. Yes, that’s plural.
I’ll have to clarify the nitty gritty details of this at my follow-up since the rest of my appointment was a complete blur after the words tibial stress fractures, but either way I am sidelined for 12 weeks minimum.
I’ll be in this giant robot boot for the next 6-8 weeks.
(Good thing they didn’t x-ray both legs? Who knows what’s going on in the other one!)
Two weeks from now I hope to get the go-ahead to at least do some kind non-weight-bearing exercise (aqua jogging maybe?), because right now I’m going stir-crazy.
(I’m glad I did some Googling in advance because if I had been blindsided by this news I totally would have ugly-cried right there in the doctor’s office. I at least made it to the car first!)
In the meantime, I’ve been avoiding everything running related on the internet and eating a lot of Halloween candy. I can’t lie…there have been plenty of tears of frustration, anger and sadness too.
The Boot and I still joined the squad for our first half marathon of the Road Race Series…
It was hard to watch the runners set off on race number eight of ten in the series, but I enjoyed watching people cross the finish line.
I’m not sure how I’ll continue to write a blog about running if I’m not running, but I’m sure I’ll have no problem finding things to talk about.
Have you ever had an injury that has kept you from running? How did you stay sane during your time off?