I went to the orthopedist on Monday, and I happily walked out in the same shoes I wore walking in- no boot, no cast, and no stress fracture!
After all the exams, and tests, the verdict is that I have a stress reaction in my cuboid bone (calcaneal cuboid joint). A stress reaction is the beginning of a stress fracture and would have turned into one if I kept running or tried to run too soon. Catching it early makes me thankful I listen to my body, take rest days, and didn’t try to push it by running.
With running, I’m out for the month of June- a big fat goose egg *zero* running miles in my training log. However, I’m thinking positively and focusing on what I *can* do. I can spin, BodyPump (body weight on the lower body tracks), do yoga/BodyFlow, row, and swim. My doctor also said to take Aleve each day and that I could try the elliptical next week.
So, how’d this happen? I can’t tell you- but I’ve enjoyed listening to others’ “theories”, especially when they’re not doctors, coaches, or have any clue about my training. When healthy, I ran 35-40 miles per week, my weekly volume for almost a year now with no sudden or drastic changes, documenting everything in my training log.
I strength train, practice yoga, and take a complete rest day every Friday. I get fitted for shoes and know the exact mileage on each pair of shoes in the running rotation (I’m an ambassador for a local running club and store, so no excuses on the shoes). Since my mom has osteoporosis and I had anemia, I religiously supplement my calcium and iron.
I did everything right. Sometimes, shit happens. That’s the explanation.
I have to miss 2 Race the Landing 5k series races as well as the entire speedwork program I signed up for- leave it to me to get hurt on the same day the speedwork program started. After talking to my doctor about my current PRs and goals, he said I should be running at 100% by the end of the summer, which is what I want anyway (no one’s setting PRs in the Charleston heat).
As far as *my* reaction… I’d much rather take some extra weeks off than risk a full-blown stress fracture- especially since the cuboid bone is a tough one and usually requires a cast, boot, PT, and months off.
Despite losing some entry fees, I’m also grateful I didn’t get injured just before a marathon or a racing season. Considering Eli Manning had the same diagnosis in 2009, I think I’m in good company and posed for a comeback.
Clay and I recently joined Pivotal Fitness Charleston, and they have group fitness every morning at 6 AM. I’ve been attending classes, meeting people, and finishing my workout before 7:15. The 5 AM wakeup calls are getting easier, too!
Since I was already downtown, Virginia, Stella, and I went to Kaminsky’s on Market for “Not Your Average Milkshakes” after my appointment. The night before, I told Virginia that it would be a celebration of recovery milkshake or a drown my sorrows milkshake- and I consider it a celebration one.
Five more weeks out isn’t too bad, and with a timeframe, I can plan my Fall and my comeback race.
Watch out Charleston. Here comes the Tiny (cross training) Terror!