When I started running, I never thought about getting injured. Once I started to learn more about the sport, I learned that it is quite common for runners to get hurt. In the back of my mind, I wished that I would be able to stay healthy as long as I wanted to run even though I knew that this was a looooonnnnggg shot.
A couple of weeks ago while running I started to feel a pain in my right shin. At first I thought it was shin splints. The pain did not go away though. I rested for 4 days and then tried to run again. I ran 1.5 miles and had to stop because of the pain...and it was humid too. For a couple of days I was in denial about my leg. When I would walk up the stairs or take Polo for a walk, I would quickly be reminded that there was something wrong. I started to wonder if I had something more severe. I googled what I was feeling and "stress fracture" came across the screen. Stress fracture sounds scary. Big. Intense. I kept picturing my shin bone splintered. I read about stress fractures taking weeks to heal.
I went to the Dr. and she told me that I could have shin splints or a stress fracture. I had an x-ray taken and the next day received the results. I was told that there was no stress fracture and that I could go about my routine as normal.
After talking with many runner's, I was told that often times stress fractures are hard to see in an x-ray. Although I had been given the "go ahead" to start running again, I decided to continue to take time off so that I would not hurt my leg anymore. I have been off of my leg for over a week and it is feeling so much better.
I yearn to get back out and run. On my way home from work today, I looked down and noticed that the spedometer read 92 degrees. I still wanted to run. People post on facebook, twitter, and instagram about their daily running. The pain that I feel because I am not allowing myself to run at this time is unreal. I never thought I would be so down and depressed because I could not run.
What gets me through is that I am starting to feel better. Once I am better, I am going to go buy new shoes. Buying new shoes can always cheer me up...especially new running shoes.
I am hoping that in the next week or 2 I will be back out there hitting the asphalt. When I do, I will be sure to follow the rules. Increase mileage slowly. Increase workout days slowly. AND for the love of all things holy...CROSS TRAIN!
Have you been injured? How do you stay sane while you heal?