August 20, 2009 by aamatth
Ok, giving this another shot here…I’m still fluxuating on what this blog will focus on, but today I’m going with running. Quick little background for all 0 of you reading this, while training for a marathon in mid-June I began experiencing intense pain in both of my lower legs. After a few weeks of continuing to run through this mind-blowing pain I eventually was forced to seek immediate medical attention when I could no longer walk. Turns out I’ve got multiple stress fractures in both tibias, along with tendinitis and a calf strain. And so for the past 5 weeks I’ve abstained from running – which has been another battle in its own since running has created a discipline that keeps me “on track” and has been a constant in my life for 3 years. So I’ve taken up pilates, swimming, and extended my cycling workouts. And I’ve actually started to enjoy my new routines, especially (and most surprisingly) the swimming. But needless to say, it’s been 5 weeks and I’m ready to return to my training.
I’ve run slightly here and there the past 2 weeks (3 minutes to 6 minutes at a time, no more than10 minutes total) but that even hurts tremendously a few hours later. I saw two doctors yesterday, did more x-rays, and was informed my bones have not yet healed and I’ll be sidelined for a few more weeks.
Moral of the story: if it hurts, STOP!
The other moral: It’s also not the end of the world. And I’ve picked up another activity that I enjoy.