This morning, it was thunder storming, so I had to do my run on the treadmill. I had five miles to run and a dentist appointment later in the morning, so I wanted to get the run done before I had to go to the dentist. I was feeling pretty good this morning, and knew I'd be happy to get my run done early.
I turned Criminal Minds on Netflix, set the treadmill at 6.2 mph, and started running. About 20 steps in, I felt a sharp twinge shoot through my lower leg, right where my stress fracture had been. For the first week or two after I started running again, I'd gotten little twinges here and there, but from everything I've read, that is normal. So today, even though it was sharper than before, I didn't think too much of it. After about 10 steps, it went away, and I felt normal for the rest of the run.
I was feeling so good that I even increased my speed incrementally throughout the last mile, ending at 7.0 mph. For some reason, whenever I run on the treadmill, I feel it as more of a "workout" than when I run outside. Outside, it feels more like "training", where on the treadmill, it feels like "exercise"--even though it's the same thing, essentially. Both feel good for different reasons. Anyway, I felt sweaty and good when I was done!
When I hopped off the treadmill, I realized something was wrong. I had a sharp pain in my lower left leg (same spot where my stress fracture was). I started walking around the living room and maneuvering my foot to see what was going on, and discovered that it feels identical to when it was fractured. It doesn't hurt to walk, but it hurts to jump or bounce on that leg, and it hurts when I press on it. So, I'm pretty sure the stress fracture is back (either it's the same fracture, or a new one close to the same spot).
I could feel panic rising in my chest. I felt like I was going to explode with frustration. I didn't run for SEVEN WEEKS. I went six weeks without any issues once I returned to running. I'm three weeks out from a race that I've been looking forward to SO much. I'm on a marathon relay team in two weeks. I have to start marathon training a couple of months.
I immediately called to make an appointment with a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. I was told I could get in April 27, which made me want to cry. When I told her that I had a confirmed stress fracture recently, she said she'd see if she could get me in sooner. After some calling back and forth, she was able to squeeze me in on Monday morning! I have to drive pretty far--an hour and fifteen minutes--but I told her I'd make myself available whenever/wherever she could get me in.
Until then, I'm obviously not going to run. I was supposed to do 11 miles tomorrow. I'm not going to get ahead of myself by saying that I won't be running for 8-ish weeks, but if this is, in fact, a stress fracture, that's very likely. Right now, I'm just going to pray that it's tendinitis or something. Regardless, I'm hoping that this doctor will be much more understanding than the podiatrist I went to (who, by the way, sent me a bill in the mail for $120 for "treatment of stress fracture"... what the hell? His "treatment" was to tell me not to run. I called to dispute the charge, but apparently, it's legit. His advice to stop running was considered "treatment".)
Anyway, I spent the afternoon feeling sorry for myself, but I'm really glad that I'm able to get in to see the ortho doctor on Monday. At least I'll have some answers then, and I can come up with a new plan. I will be super bummed if I can't run Indy, but I'm not going to worry about that until after I talk to the doctor.
Jerry's off all weekend, so tomorrow, we're going to take the kids to the Henry Ford Museum. Noah's been asking to go for several weeks now, and he got all A's on his report card, so we promised to take him this week. Jerry's been working so much lately, I'm excited to spend the whole weekend with him!