Remember how I said in my Ragnar recap that my shin was bothering me during my runs?
THAT’S BECAUSE IT’S BROKEN.
Well, stress fractured. As soon as possible after the relay, I made an appointment at the sports medicine clinic next to my gym. The doctor I saw made quick work of doing preliminary tests, ordering an MRI and diagnosing me with a stress fracture in my left lower tibia. Actually two fractures, according to the images. I now have a walking boot that I expect to be wearing about six weeks. As of today, I probably have five weeks left in the boot.
That means no running of course. For cardio, I can use the stationary bike. I can’t squat, lunge or deadlift. I’m limited mostly to seated upper body workouts, light hamstring curls and the hip abduction and adduction machine.
I have physical therapy once a week each week that I’m in the boot.
Needless to say I’m annoyed. But I’m following instructions closely so the fractures can heal and I can return to normal activity as quickly as possible.
If I had to guess why I got stress fractures, I’d say it was from doing sprints on the treadmill. I often ran 7-9 miles of sprint intervals over the winter on a machine which doesn’t easily allow a runner to take a normal stride. In the future, I’ll stick to running outdoors, even when it’s cold.
Have you ever had a stress fracture? How long did it take to heal? How long did it take for you to return to normal activity?