Back to the doctor today and got the all clear per my Bone Scan. He did say I have Shin Splints in my right leg which is weird since I don’t feel them. Fortunately I did invest in some compression sleeves and socks recently so I am prepared. I am glad I trusted my gut and went for a second opinion. I never had a Stress Fracture go figure. The pain was probably just inflammation due to the tight shoes, my recent fall and ramp up in mileage. I do feel like I was due for a break and probably would not have taken one on my own. This has definitely been a learning experience so I will take that as a win.
What did I learn?
Trust in others: I got lots of great advice from running friends that had my best interest at heart and offered tough love that was much needed.
Trust the process: Rest when you need too and taper accordingly. Slow down so you can stay in the game!
Trust in myself: When something doesn’t seem right find another solution.
I remembered why I do it. Running is my therapy. It’s my ME time.
Enjoy it. Don’t let it be a chore.
What’s next? Well I have to build back s l o w l y. This is painstaking difficult for me. (Did I mention how stubborn I am?) Doctor says I have to start at 1-3 miles. I can run every day if I want but I have to watch the distance. Then 3-5 miles for week two. Week three 5-7 miles. Week four 7-9 miles and so on. He says if I go back to it too fast from being on a three week hiatus I WILL get a stress fracture. He says that’s how most occur. This is disappointing. I will be rebuilding my mileage all over again but at least I will be out there.
Have you had a similiar training setback? How did you stay focused?