Life gave me a kick in the shins last week, and it hurts!
Wednesday I went for a run on the SRT, went to the Y to do my resistance training, and then ran on the treadmill. While on the treadmill, I felt a weird pain in my right shin. This was much different than shin splints, which I’ve had in the past. I kept running, because it was weird, but not unbearable. But …
By bedtime that night, my leg was really throbbing. I ignored it, but ended up having to take ibuprofen to sleep. The same was true for Thursday, and again Thursday night. I finally went to the walk-in orthopedic clinic Friday afternoon, and the doctor came in, with a look on her face. I could tell by the look that this was not the nothing I was hoping for. She pressed a bit, I winced and nearly jumped off the table, and she pointed to the xray. She showed me a nice long crack in my bone, and a bit of a shadow where it had started to heal. Apparently, I had done this before Wednesday, but I damaged it a bit more during that run on the treadmill. (See, everything can be traced back to the fault of a treadmill. Outside running is SO much better! HAHA)
So, that kick in my shins came with a cost … No running for 4-6 weeks, no walking for 2-4 weeks (In fact, I’m technically supposed to be on crutches, but I have not been compliant with that request. I’m too slow on crutches and have too much to do!), I am not allowed to run my half marathon on April 2 (she told me to consider October, or even December??).
I am allowed to swim, other water classes that are no-impact on that leg, bike – only in the gym and as long as I take it easy, and upper body exercises. Thankfully, my trainer at Caine-Halter YMCA is working on an acceptable training plan to help me get back in the gym this week.
I see my doctor again next week, and hopefully we’ll see some healing so I can run again sooner, rather than later. 🙂