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The one where I quit running.

stress fracture

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.

stress fracture

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…

Instead of running, I spectated with my camping chair, a cup of coffee and my Kindle. IMG_5999

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?

4 comments… add one

  • Mike November 5, 2015, 6:03 pm

    I realize it sounds like glib advice coming from a healthy runner, but… DON’T DESPAIR! For anyone who runs appreciable mileage, injury is a frustrating yet inevitable part of the process. I endured a painful bout of plantar fasciitis last year (http://blisterscrampsheaves.com/2014/06/23/tgi-plantar-fasciitis/) – it came out of nowhere and, based on what I read, had me thinking I’d be sidelined forEVER. I even wore a boot/splint of my own. Once I took a few deep breaths and figured out the cause though, I was back to full training within weeks. That may be the upside (if I can use that word) to stress fractures – at least it’s clear what’s causing your pain and how to fix it. And you’ll be more vigilant in the future, to avoid having to repeat THE BOOT.

    It may be hard to believe now, but you’ll come out of this smarter and stronger than before – and able to pass along your “Not Running Sucks” shirt to a fellow runner in need!

    • natalietate November 5, 2015, 6:23 pm

      Mike, I really appreciate your comment! This is absolutely turning into an opportunity for me to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. There is an end of this in sight and there are things I can do (even now) to help make sure I come back smarter and stronger just like you said.

      I’ve been meaning to focus more on incorporating cross training and strength/flexibility work, so this is really the perfect opportunity to do that!

      I have to admit I’m enjoying a little extra sleep during the week, too. :)

  • Darcy February 4, 2016, 11:15 am


    I cheer you on to a full recovery. I also went through double tibial stress fractures. It sucked. It was 1 week prior to my first full marathon. I did recover, it’s been about 14 months now, and my mileage and pacing are back to where there were and more. In fact I PB’d my half marathon in August by 5 minutes.

    One thing that you have to look forward to is running without pain.

    Keep your strides short (180 cadence), activate your glutes and core (for posture and efficiency) and avoid steep hill repeats (maybe for the entire season).

    Take care friend,


  • Abel Fuchslocher September 15, 2016, 11:03 pm

    I wish you a fast recovery. Take care.

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