Friday, August 24, 2012

Has anyone experienced a stress fracture from running?

I have been away from my running programs for the past few months. I developed pain after running and thought it was shin splints or muscle tension. I took a few days off but it never got better. Even the simplest tasks became a issue. I finally went to the doctor and was diagnosed with a stress fracture. My first thought was how could I have let this happen? What did I do wrong? Then it hit me! Too much too soon. I was trying to up my mileage but I disregarded the 10% rule. On the day in question, I moved to a different trail because it was too darn hot. This other trail has plenty of tree cover but it does have more hills than my usual area. I chose this particular day to change my routine. I not only changed my terrain but I also decided to increase my distance by one extra mile. I see that all as being a huge mistake. I brought this on myself.

Since the beginning of July I have been in a aircast and with limited mobility. I'm so frustrated because I feel that more progress should have been gained up to this point. A week ago I took a walk and that caused pain. I just don't have the patience for this injury. I do look at long term effects and realize that rest and time is important but it doesn't help my emotional well-being. Running is my stress reliever. Today I went to PT for the first time. It will be a good fit because they are not only helping me with recovery but also helping to improve my running program. I'm finding out more now than I knew before. I also found out that my right side is much weaker and has less flexibility which is causing my left side to over compensate. Funny, because all my past running injuries have been on my left side. I can honestly say, now, that I feel better knowing that I have objectives and goals. After I work on flexibility exercises they are putting me on the antigravity treadmill. That should be interesting.

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