A Bit Of A Scare
It was another perfect weekend in South Western Ontario. I think the summer days in July have got to be my absolute favourite.
It was the 5 Peaks Albion Hills race this weekend and I headed to Caledon with one of my trail running buddies, Leanne. I wasn’t racing so I paced her on the sport course. It was a gorgeous day for a jaunt in the woods.
It was so much fun to get caught up with everyone and to see my Christina as well.
I seriously love the 5 Peaks race series. It is such a relaxed atmosphere to spent time with trail friends and to eat some nutella and watermelon in the sunshine. Nothing feels more like summer.
You may have noticed that I am back to running! It felt like forever, but in actuality, it was only three weeks. I had a big, long post explaining everything for you and then the diagnostic changed on me and I waited to get it sorted out.
The low down?
Three weeks ago, I felt a pain in my shin and I instantly stopped running. It was the same pain I felt with my old stress fracture and I didn’t want to be reckless. My coach was on vacation that week, but assured me that it was probably nothing. I still decided to take a week of complete rest so I could be a little more sure of what it was when he returned.
When he returned, he speculated that it could be a stress fracture and I absolutely despaired. I had done everything correctly and we both agreed there is absolutely no reason for me to get the injury, but I went for a bone scan.
It came back that there was not a fracture but a stress reaction which can be a healing fracture site, shin splints or a developing fracture so it needs to be treated as a fracture. The weirdest part? It is in the opposite leg! The leg where I am experiencing pain shows nothing.
I had two different professionals weigh in and there is now zero pain in either leg so we are proceeding cautiously with this week being my first full return to running. I have not missed a beat in my training as I have been doing long miles on the bike, intervals in the pool and tempos on the elliptical. I feel ready to tackle Transrockies and am feeling hugely relieved that there is not a fracture.
You can read about my stress fracture experiences here. Please note I took a definitive test to show that I do not have a fracture and have the full blessing of my coach, physiotherapist and sports doctor to run again or else I would not chance it. A fracture is not something you should ever run through.
I do not regret taking the month off to make sure everything is clear. It is better to be overly cautious than reckless and I have learned this the hard way! Running is something I want to be able to do forever, so a month or two of cross training here and there is nothing in the grand scheme of things. Now, it is onwards and upwards!
When was the last time you were injured or had an injury scare?