As I headed cheerily back from the waiting room of the doctor yesterday the nurse asked me, “how are you feeling today?” My response was, “good, but I hope to be feeling even better after this.” I had a big smile on my face, very little pain or discomfort in my ankle, and I headed back to a room to sit and wait. When the doctor walked in, he said, “I don’t have good news for you today…”. At that moment it was as though the calming music playing in the background of my afternoon screeched to a halt.
I had come expecting good news. When he said he didn’t have good news it was the last thing I expected him to say.
“You have a calcaneal stress fracture.”
And that was that. Having a stress fracture was about the last thing I had on my mind as I walked into that office. I was supposed to go and find out whether the tendonitis was inside or outside of the peroneal tendon. I asked for clarification as to why we thought it was tendonitis and I had been told so by two doctors. He said sometimes with stress fractures tendonitis occurs as a result and builds up near the fracture. Apparently the tendonitis goes away and isn’t the actual problem, so I guess it’s good I don’t have that to worry about in the future.
As for the plan, I can’t run or walk for fitness for four weeks. I go in four weeks for an X-Ray for him to look for new bone growth as a sign that the stress fracture is healing. If there is a sign, we make a plan to get back to walking and then running slowly. If there’s no sign of regrowth, we wait another four weeks and do the same thing over again.
He’s a runner and triathlete, so he does understand my frustrations. I told him I’m running Chicago in October and asked if I would be okay for that. He said he thought I’d be back and running pain free by July. So there is some silver lining.
I may readjust goals, thoughts, and plans when I see what the results in four weeks are. I can still bike and swim and pool job and do upper body weights, but I can’t do anything with lower body impact or weights, so that knocks out a lot of stuff…
Hm. It appears I’m not meant to start marathon training with a base…Since I jumped into Disney training the very day I got clearance to workout after my surgery in August and now it appears I’ll be jumping into Chicago training the very day I get clearance to run from this. It’s frustrating. I’m frustrated. But there’s nothing I can do about it.
This will give me a lot of time with my bike! I’m going to bike and swim and do everything that I can to stay in as good of physical shape as possible so that when I do get clearance to run again it’ll be about rebuilding muscle memory and not cardio endurance.
And it’s Friday. So that’s also great news! Have a wonderful weekend!
Have you had a stress fracture before? How long were you out? How did you stay in shape?
What are you excited about this weekend?! I’m going to a Yelp event tonight and can’t wait to hang out with girlfriends and taste all of the delicious foods and wines that are going to be there.