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Lessons Learned

20 Oct

I’m three weeks into my recovery from a stress fracture. (Do I consider my recovery time since the actual occurrence or since the doctor’s diagnosis?) In this entry I’m considering the time span from the actual day of the stress fracture. So, three weeks in. My leg pain started to subside in the latter half of last week. Now it just comes and goes. I can feel myself losing fitness. It seems as if my leg muscles are slowly weakening. There is this weird feeling, not pain so much, just a little ache on the inside of my knees in both legs. My poor muscles. Now I wish I hadn’t canceled my gym membership back in August. I could be lifting weights and using some of the nautilus machines. Or swimming. Oh well. That was my choice to do so and help save some unnecessary money expenditure each month. I would be too scared to jump right into running full force after I get the go ahead to run again anyway. I’m going to take things really easy. Continue reading

MRI Results

9 Oct

So, the 6 miles that I ran this morning, those are the last miles my running shoes will see for the next 4-6 weeks. Yep, that’s right. I have a stress fracture of the right tibia. I just keep going over in my mind the conversation I had with my LRS owner’s father who fitted me a month ago. I told him I had been running in Asics 2120’s, Saucony Guide’s and Puma Magnetist’s. So, he brings me Mizuno Nirvana’s and while they feel great on my foot they are totally the wrong shoe. “Too much shoe” I’m told when I take them back 2+ weeks and 80 miles later. Too much shoe is fucking right! Shin splints, tendonitis and a stress fracture too much shoe!

So, that’s the end of that.

I will live to run another marathon. I have my sight set on Steamtown 2009.

I’m actually okay. I’m not sad. I’m not upset to miss the marathon. There will always be others. I want to heal well so that I can get back in the game come December. Start running again.

So, anyone want a bib for the Philadelphia Marathon?

MRI

8 Oct

Got the MRI today. I have a follow-up appointment with my doctor tomorrow afternoon. I’ll let you all know what’s going on then.

Doctor's appointment

1 Oct

I’m back from my doctor’s appointment. The x-ray didn’t show anything and Dr. Rossini thinks that I have a strained muscle. To be on the safe side he’s ordered an MRI for next Wednesday morning.

On a scale of 1-10, today’s pain is about a 2. Yesterday morning it was an 8. Another reason the doc feels it’s muscular.

He also agrees that it’s a result of being fitted in the wrong running shoe. So, my advice to all of you is to be careful when experimenting with different brands. I know I’ll no longer switch brands just to try to get more mileage out of my shoes.

Thank you for your well wishes.

I’m not too happy these days

30 Sep

Things seem to be falling apart here in my world. Last Friday I had a horrible run. I was expecting to go out for about 8 miles but only got just over 4 miles. My splits were progressively worse (10:09, 10:32, 11:14, 11:18) no matter how hard I tried, I just kept feeling worse. I was totally perplexed about it until I woke up the next morning with a headache, ears ringing, sore throat, fever; then it all made sense. I was sick. Continue reading

Cry Baby

19 Sep

So, I called my local running store this morning because I’ve been looking back at my running log and my notes about my shins and realized that this all came about when my new shoes came into the picture. They told me to bring the shoes in, which I did, and now I’m back. They took one look at my Mizuno’s and said they were too much of a shoe for me. After listening to my symptoms they were convinced and I traded in my Mizuno’s for another pair of Puma Magnetist’s. I’m sticking with the Puma’s from now on.

I felt like such a baby in the store, sitting there in tears about how much my legs hurt and how my running came to a startling halt this week. My legs felt a million times worse the second I put my Mizuno’s on to show the running store people. How am I going to run this weekend?

I know one thing for sure. Next week is another rest week. A day or two of cross training just to keep the muscles moving, but nothing strenuous. Hopefully that will do the trick.

Shins

18 Sep

Alright! Alright! Here I go … this is extremely hard for me to admit to myself. The stubborn me does not usually admit weakness. This is a deeply ingrained trait. That said … I’m having some calf issues. Right calf. I’m half way through my training for Philly and in my highest mileage weeks. I had to take it really easy this week, only running 4.5 miles and of course, the PDR on Sunday. Next week will be the same, no or very little mileage. Continue reading