Friday, April 17, 2015

Bone scan results

Well, I got the results of my bone scan yesterday. It is, indeed, a stress fracture in my fibula. The doctor said that it's very small, though, which is good; and the fact that it can't even be seen on a regular x-ray is also good. I haven't been having any pain, so it's been really hard not to run; but I'm going to listen to the doctor. Oddly, the scan also showed that I have shin splints...! I definitely felt the shin splints a few weeks ago, when I was feeling really sore ("normal sore"). I thought it was weird then, because I hadn't gotten shin splints since I started running in 2010. I had no idea that shin splints could be seen on a bone scan.

The doctor said I could continue to do low-impact exercises (bike, elliptical, deep water running), and then when I go to Indy, I can try to run the half-marathon if I want--I just have to take it easy. I'm registered for the Glass City Marathon Relay a week from this Sunday, and my leg is 6.1 miles. I've pretty much decided that I'm not going to run it, because I don't want to risk anything with my leg. I'm super bummed about it, because it's SO much fun to run as a relay team, and this year, we have three full teams who are running together.

This is a picture from last year at the same race. I have zero pictures
for this post, so this will have to do.

I'm still planning to go to the race, whether I am going to run or not, and I'll hang out at each of the relay stations to cheer on our teams. We're having a party at my parents' house afterward, just like we did last year. It'll just be lonely being the only one of our group at the race who isn't running!

I'm a little concerned about the Mini Marathon in Indy, also. I'm sure I could pull it off--even if it hurts, I know I could finish the race. But the problem is that I am registered for the Detroit Marathon in October, and training starts in June. So if I really screw up my leg in Indy, then I'll have to take eight weeks off to heal before I start training, and then I'd be pretty much starting completely over as a runner (it's already been four months since I initially got the stress fracture... so basically forever).

Because I haven't felt any pain over the last several days, I'm leaning toward going ahead and running Indy, and just hoping for the best. My doctor thinks it'll be okay, which is reassuring. I called today to schedule the gait analysis, so I'm waiting to hear back from them. Hopefully they'll be able to get me in soon (before Indy), and I can make a more informed decision.

Anyway, these are all just a bunch of jumbled thoughts--I'm basically just thinking out loud on paper on computer screen!

Today was absolutely GORGEOUS outside! My mom asked me this morning if I wanted to go for a bike ride. I had some errands to run, but it was so nice out that I just had to say yes. We rode around the neighborhoods, just about four miles, and at a nice leisurely pace. My mom signed up for that Tour de Troit bike ride in September, after I mentioned it on my blog, and going for a ride today was the push I needed to register. So, it's official--on September 19, I'll ride 30 miles around Detroit! I'm super excited for it. It's a leisurely ride, so it's not a race or anything. Just a fun way to see Detroit.

There is another bike ride in Detroit called Cycle Into Spring on May 9th, and I think I may do that one as well. Nathan is supposed to be off work that day, so I asked him to do it with me. I'll need to take my bike for a tune-up next week, for sure. When I bought it in 2011, they told me to bring it in after I got 10 hours of riding on it; well, sadly, I probably just hit 10 hours this past fall! Hahaha. At least I know how to wear my helmet now--it only took a few years ;)

Sorry I haven't been writing much lately. I feel like a broken record in saying that there just isn't much to write about!