This past Monday, I got a call from my orthopedist asking me to come in right away.
If you’ve ever had any testing or imaging done, you know that quick responses are typically bad news. I rushed in to the doctors office that same afternoon, fully expecting to emerge on crutches and in an aircast.
On the upside, I don’t need crutches or an aircast!
On the downside, my left tibia is officially stress-fractured. My doctor told me “Now we know what happened. But you need to figure out why it happened.”
If you’ve been reading my posts since I started this blog, you’ll see that this injury has been bothering me for a while. As much as it hurts my ego, I’ve taken some time to really reflect on what could have caused such an injury.
I’ll be super, blatantly honest with you: I pushed myself really hard this spring, and not just with my running. Work, family, and social stuff was super stressful. I didn’t really adjust my diet as I worked up to logging 30+miles per week in preparation for my half marathons. My schedule was out of control, so my rest days became jam-packed with activity, and then I wasn’t getting a whole lot of sleep each night. My hormones, which are always a little challenging to regulate due to my lack of thyroid, got all out of whack, but I was so busy I kept putting off calling for a doctor’s appointment for another week, and another.
My body probably could have handled one or two of these things, but not all at once. My intense training, mixed with inadequate calorie intake, mixed with unbalanced hormones left me, at 28 years old, susceptible to the Female Athlete Triad.
I’ll admit that I didn’t stop when the pain started. I slowed down a fair bit, but I didn’t stop. It wasn’t until the first weekend of June, when I PR’d in a 5k and could barely walk the next morning that I called my orthopedist. I’m lucky I went in when I did. I was set to start marathon training next week; if I had started running on this leg again, I surely would have ended up in much worse shape.
I’m also kind of glad I started this blog when I did. As weird and somewhat embarrassing as it is to be admitting weakness just weeks after starting a running blog, I think it’s important for people, especially women, to have access to the clear information about their body’s needs and signals.
Right now I’m on a strict swimming-only workout regime. I’ve accepted that I’m going to have to defer all my fall races, and so I won’t be completing a full marathon in 2017. My doctors and I are already hard at work sorting out my hormones, and I’m planning to work with a nutritionist once I start running again (hopefully in mid-late August) to make sure I am fueling properly. I’m taking extra calcium and magnesium, and trying to keep calm and carry on.
AND A WEDNESDAY WONDERFUL…. on a more positive note, I do have one shining star in what has otherwise been a dark couple of days. My big brother, his wife, and my baby niece are coming to visit from Canada!
Super excited to spend time with my whole family. Below is me and my brothers a few years ago; It’s rare that we’re all in one place at the same time, so we get pretty weird:) We’re all going to be heading up to New Hampshire, where we’ve vacationed since I was a little kid. I’m so looking forward to lake swimming, backyard barbecuing, and great conversation!