First, I’ve done a poor job of blogging on a monthly basis, but that’s not surprising since I tend to do this every year. I do like to blog after a race or due to an injury. I actually find blogging about an injury to be therapeutic plus I think of it as leaving a bit of a resource behind for others going through injuries. I know that I always google “x” injury and running blog to find others who have dealt with whatever I may going through at the time. It’s so helpful!
So, without further ado, I’m injured again! What?? Yes, I’ve definitely had my fair share of injuries in the last 3 years or maybe even more than my fair share. I have a mild stress reaction in my medial tibia, essentially, shin splints. This came upon me around week 10 of my Eugene Marathon training plan. Le sigh. It sucks! But, it could have been worse, it could have been a stress fracture. When I think back and analyze why this could have happened the two things I can point a finger towards are 1) biomechanics and 2) my body is just not able to meet the demands of back to back marathon training. Regarding biomechanics, I’ve always had a lot of motion in my right arch and overall like to fall in while I run, I think this was exacerbated by my grade 2 ankle sprain and I need to work on strengthening my arch so it doesn’t fall in plus some other biomechanics. I plan to do a full gait analysis once I’m back to running.
I ran Lake Sammamish Half on March 10 and was having some mild posterior tibial tendonitis and calf tightness. I didn’t think too much of it as I was convinced it was all soft tissue stuff. I ran the half as a workout and felt pretty good during the race. My calf/shin was a little tight post-race and I took Sunday off so that I could run a quality track workout on Monday. I ran that workout and things were a little tight in my shin, but nothing too painful. This was the week where I wish I had taken a bit more rest. I did skip two of my runs and shorten my long run that week, but I was starting to get pain while walking. It was the strangest feeling as I’ve never had shin sprints in the past. I rested for 3 days post long run and tried running an easy 6 on the following Wednesday. That went well, but I quickly was sore again upon walking post-run. I took another rest day, attempted a run on Friday, aborted it by 1/2 mile and then rested a few more days. Trying to run every few days or so, but feeling pain upon impact on my right leg whilst running. Finally my PT suggested I get some imaging done since this soreness was lingering.
Luckily, I was able to get into see my new sports med doc quickly and saw her on Monday, April 2. This was my first time seeing my new doc since my old doc, Dr. Robertson, had retired. I loved Dr. Robertson he was a runner and just got it. My new doc is quite nice, but I don’t think she’s a runner so it’s less than ideal. I had an x-ray in the clinic and my doc showed me the fuzziness around my medial tibia which was likely showing that I had a stress reaction or a stress fracture. EEK! I was so nervous that I had a stress fracture and immediately started googling and reading pretty much every page mentioning stress fractures on the Let’s Run forum. I was able to get into an MRI on Tuesday and had an appointment to review my results on Wednesday. I feel so lucky that I have good insurance and that my appointments were so quickly lined up. I didn’t have to wait too long to find out the results. Still, it was a rough 3 days. Thankfully, it was a stress reaction and not a fracture.
My doc wanted me to take it really easy for another week so no cross training. She said 4 weeks of no running, but that I can start on cross training when I had zero pain while walking. My last cardio day was April 2nd, the day of my first doctor’s appointment. I did a mat workout last week, but otherwise have just been lounging about. I went to Portland on Thursday and walked about 4-5 miles and it was too much too soon. I was sore yesterday so have decided to take it super easy this weekend and not attempt spin or elliptical until mid next week as long as I feel zero pain while walking for a few consecutive days.
I miss running so much, but am hoping I can be back at it in May so here’s to a really healthy next two weeks and a speedy recovery. The good thing is that I know how to recover from an injury — almost too well. I’m bummed to miss out on running Eugene, but there’s always a fall marathon! I still will be going to Eugene to cheer for my friends and am excited to see them crush their races.