Yep, that lovely white stuff is coating VA, which means I get a snow day Tuesday, so lots of blog reading will be happening between laundry and cleaning ")
I know you all are probably sick of hearing about my injury already, so I apologize right off the top.
I tend to work things out in steps through my blog, and I feel it will be helpful to me to be able to look back on it.
This post I am sharing the background about what occurred. My next post I will tell what I've learned from this experience.
"What did you do?" "How did that happen?"
I wish I had an absolute answer and could pinpoint the time of injury but I can't. However, I have thought a lot about what transpired, and I do think the problem happened before the Richmond half I ran in November.
In September I was struggling trying to get my half marathon training rolling. It was still very humid here and I ran several runs with very heavy legs trying to get my groove back.
During August I mostly ran inside, and not more than 5 miles at a time, and transitioning back outside was not going as easy as I hoped.
In October, I remember I felt overwhelmed thinking I was never going to feel okay while running again, and early in November my left calf was particularly tight. I mentioned it in a post.
Old Post About My Burning Calf
I had a strange burning sensation that usually happened when my calf was feeling tight, but it would come and go.
I kept rolling and stretching and it would feel a little better, then a few runs later, bother me again.
I was really worried the Richmond race was going to be a mess.
|Mile 10 - November 15th|
When I ran the half, my legs felt good, and I was thrilled. I thought whatever it was got better during my taper week.
5 days after my half marathon I ran 9 miles. I felt great that day, I ran very easy paced and picked it up on the last mile (about 40 seconds).
I wrote in my notes that my leg started to feel really tight during that speedier mile.
In December I ran 111 miles. I recorded on two runs that my leg was bothering me with a tight burning sensation. It was significant enough to note it, but again, it wasn't enough pain to really make me worry, most of my miles felt pretty good.
It wasn't until Christmas when I was sick, and barely ran all week, that I realized the strange burning sensation was completely independent from my calf tightness. My muscles were feeling great after so much rest, and yet this one little spot on the inside of my leg (inside shin) would bug me off and on. I noticed that it felt different depending how I put my weight on it. I made the appointment, and had to wait 16 days to see the Sports Medicine Doc. I actually felt so fine during that waiting period, I kept on with my marathon training and ran about 58 miles with very little discomfort, and thought about canceling the appointment on January 12th.
I never had constant pain after a run, just a twinge here and there. I started to think I was over reacting.
A few days before my appointment, my leg gave out on me while running on the treadmill.
I had never have that happen before, but even that day it didn't really hurt, it just felt weak, but at least it motivated me to keep the appointment.
So that is how I ended up in a boot for almost four weeks.
My discomfort during October and November had been very troublesome. The heavy legs on runs, the pace struggles, and the tightness and burning sensations all had me very worried. I thought I had dodged a bullet when I felt so good during my half, I honestly thought taper week helped cure whatever it was.
Until I actually saw the bone scan, I had a hard time believing a stress fracture was a real possibility.
Like I told my doctor, I never would have even started marathon training in December if I didn't feel good enough.
I guess I always believed if I needed a break from running, my body would tell me with pain. My next post I will share what I've learned from this experience.
♥ Tell me about your run today!!
I am a bit nervous when I think about running again, but I've cycled about 23 miles, and spent an hour on the elliptical without my boot on, and so far ~ no pain ")
I will be ready to run soon.