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Stress fractures mean no marathon for me!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

I know I haven't been around. My life for the past two months has been crazy and hectic. Getting onto the computer for things that don't pertain to my job has been tough because we've been so busy here at our house!

But anyway, because I know people out there might be wondering, (Patty, I'm sorry I haven't replied to your post yet...so here it is): I have a stress fracture in my right tibia AND my right fibula. No running for 6 weeks. Thankfully two of the weeks are over.

But that means no fall marathon for Molly. Thing is, I was ready to do it. Ready to taper up and run a sub 5 hour marathon. I was on track for a 4:50 or so - wouldn't have been a PR or anything, but would have been a decent run for me.

I actually know the exact point at which the bones went from just being a little irritated at me to actual stress fractures. At mile 14 or so of my second twenty mile training run. The first 13.1 miles of that run, I ran my best half-marathon time of the year! I was gearing up to negative split a 20, and ended up in ridiculous pain. the last 5 miles took me an hour and a half...

I was in actual shock (as in the medical kind) when I drove home - don't really remember how I got there. But I do know that I had to sleep for two hours before I even showered, just to be functional.

To make matters worse, I got a $53.00 PARKING ticket that day for failing to pay the honor box in the lot where I parked. Because I have been running from that location for two years and have never bothered to pay the honor box...they finally caught up with me. (OK, I really don't want a lecture about paying for parking. I am a firm believer that I should not ever be charged to turn my car off and get out of it. They should give me some sort of environmental activitst prize or something for that!)

Anyway, I'm allowed to swim, ride my bike and do my least favorite thing of all, the elliptical.

And, I was just getting back into shape, too. My runs were going GREAT!

So, here I am, back to the drawing board. At least it's only 6 weeks instead of 6 months. However, my right side, which is still weak, needs to get strengthened in the next for weeks, so that I don't start running and injure it again...

Bye for now. I will try to get back to more involvement with spark!
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    I'm at week 7 of a stress fracture in my Left Tibia, and it's Marathon day tomorrow. I got lucky and found someone who is running with my bib, and I'll be working a cheering station instead. I understand how frustrated you must feel. Work on strengthening that week side, and your core. Good Luck!!!
    3520 days ago
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    Oh no! I hope all goes well and that you come back stronger than ever. Just remember to take it easy!
    3521 days ago
    I was out 6 weeks with a stress fracture earlier this year. Took a conservative approach building back my mileage and ran a PR sub two hour half in September.

    You can come back strong. Just follow the doctor's orders and get in the cross training over the next month.

    Good luck!
    3521 days ago
    Thanks Molly for the update- when I saw your status, I felt soo bad for you.. but I also know that a stress fracture is actually one of those "definite" injuries that have a beginning and end... ( unlike this chronic tendonities/osis crap) which might not make you feel better, but like you said, 6 weeks is better than 6 months and you'll have plenty of time to train for Spring!

    One thing I admire most about you is that you just never give up, despite all the set-backs. You get up right away and move forward!

    Take good care of yourself, so that your recovery is speedy!

    3525 days ago
    OH, I'm sorry to hear that! Hopefully a spring marathon will be in your future. Rest and heal so you can be better than ever to run!
    3526 days ago
    Oh, Molly, I'm so sorry to hear this. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    3526 days ago
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