So, I finally went to an orthopedist last Friday. And he told me a few things.
My never-ending shin-splints very likely are a very bad case of shin splints. But the aching pain along my left tibia bone also might be a stress reaction, a predecessor of the dreaded stress fracture. “I’m concerned, because I don’t want to dash your marathon dreams, but typically with a case like this I recommend aggressive rest.” He told me.
“Can I still go to spin class?” I asked.
“That’s better than running?” He replied. Which isn’t a no…but it isn’t a yes either.
I set up an MRI for next week, so hopefully I get some better answers. For now, though, I am full-on, AGGRESSIVE resting for the next couple of days.
Which is hard for me.
I am used to exercising nearly every day. I’m a little addicted; I fit at least a 30 minute sweat session into almost every day. I worry about losing strength and gaining weight when I don’t hit the gym or run. I feel less energetic somehow, as well, but also have trouble falling asleep. Going exercise-less is not my favorite. But I know that rest is what my tibia needs right now. I am 3-days into my aggressive rest break, and my leg is feeling so much better already.
As runners we teach ourselves to push through pain; but pain often has a purpose. Sometimes it’t trying to tell us that something is wrong.
It’s been a tough couple of days; I’m going to allow myself to do a little swimming next week, but until then I am just straight chilling. I’m not going to lie- I’m a little down about the whole thing. But I’m trying to stay positive and focus on the wonderful things around me!
So here are a few of the wonderful things keeping me going right now:)
Got to watch my favorite little cousin (and kindred spirit) dance her first ballet solo this past weekend! Ballet was a huge part of my life growing up, and it’s been so special sharing this and so many other passions with this little lady. I’m spending the first week in July with her and my whole family up at my parent’s lake house in New Hampshire, and I could not be more excited!
My brother’s beagle, Ames, might be my soulmate. We had a lovely time hanging out on Sunday night. Screw dating; I just want to snuggle with Ames.
Is anyone else OBSESSED with Polar’s summer seltzer flavors?!? I bought two cases of this stuff at BJ’s last week, and I already finished one. I love the Watermelon Margarita and the Raspberry Rose flavors best!
I’m a little late to the party, but this book is an essential for anyone navigating the dating scene. I love how simple and understated Melissa Bank’s writing is; she’s able to say so much with so few words. I’ll be writing a full review when I finish the book next week!
It’s been 90+ degrees here in Boston this week, so I’ve had to get a little more creative with my breakfasts, since there’s NO WAY I’m putting on the stove to make an egg in the morning. I made some awesome overnight oats with a little vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, and almond milk, topped with some sliced banana and a spoonful of peanut butter! I also reverted to using my beloved french press to make cold brew coffee. It was great to have a nice cool breakfast ready to go when I woke up on a hot morning.
I made a resolution this year to update and upgrade my wardrobe. I am a bargain hunter, but as I’m getting a little older I’m realizing that investing in a few beautiful and high quality items is so much better than buying a ton of fast-fashion junk that looks terrible after one wash. I signed up for Stitch Fix, and holy moly is it great. This month they really hit the nail on the head- look at this dress! I feel like a real lady in this dress! Now I just need somewhere to wear it…
Hope you’re all having a wonderful Wednesday, as well!