Friday, April 26, 2013

MRI Results

As I headed cheerily back from the waiting room of the doctor yesterday the nurse asked me, "how are you feeling today?" My response was, "good, but I hope to be feeling even better after this." I had a big smile on my face, very little pain or discomfort in my ankle, and I headed back to a room to sit and wait. When the doctor walked in, he said, "I don't have good news for you today...". At that moment it was as though the calming music playing in the background of my afternoon screeched to a halt. 

I had come expecting good news. When he said he didn't have good news it was the last thing I expected him to say. 

"You have a calcaneal stress fracture."

And that was that. Having a stress fracture was about the last thing I had on my mind as I walked into that office. I was supposed to go and find out whether the tendonitis was inside or outside of the peroneal tendon. I asked for clarification as to why we thought it was tendonitis and I had been told so by two doctors. He said sometimes with stress fractures tendonitis occurs as a result and builds up near the fracture. Apparently the tendonitis goes away and isn't the actual problem, so I guess it's good I don't have that to worry about in the future.
As for the plan, I can't run or walk for fitness for four weeks. I go in four weeks for an X-Ray for him to look for new bone growth as a sign that the stress fracture is healing. If there is a sign, we make a plan to get back to walking and then running slowly. If there's no sign of regrowth, we wait another four weeks and do the same thing over again.

He's a runner and triathlete, so he does understand my frustrations. I told him I'm running Chicago in October and asked if I would be okay for that. He said he thought I'd be back and running pain free by July.  So there is some silver lining. 
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I may readjust goals, thoughts, and plans when I see what the results in four weeks are. I can still bike and swim and pool job and do upper body weights, but I can't do anything with lower body impact or weights, so that knocks out a lot of stuff...

Hm. It appears I'm not meant to start marathon training with a base...Since I jumped into Disney training the very day I got clearance to workout after my surgery in August and now it appears I'll be jumping into Chicago training the very day I get clearance to run from this. It's frustrating. I'm frustrated. But there's nothing I can do about it.

This will give me a lot of time with my bike! I'm going to bike and swim and do everything that I can to stay in as good of physical shape as possible so that when I do get clearance to run again it'll be about rebuilding muscle memory and not cardio endurance.
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And it's Friday. So that's also great news! Have a wonderful weekend! 
Have you had a stress fracture before? How long were you out? How did you stay in shape?

What are you excited about this weekend?! I'm going to a Yelp event tonight and can't wait to hang out with girlfriends and taste all of the delicious foods and wines that are going to be there. 

22 comments:

Amanda RunToTheFinish said...

GAHH that is a stinker. But I know every injury has always brought me back stronger and some of it is yes because I'll finally put in time in other areas like upper body :) You are so committed to your workouts, you will absolutely find a way!

Amanda said...

I'm so sorry! I really feel for you, but I am so proud of you for trying to find the bright side! You've come back before, so I have no doubt you can do it again. Still, I know it totally sucks.

Stacey Merrill said...

hugs to you! I love running but no longer can due to hallux rigidus. You have a great attitude & I bet you'll be fit as a fiddle in no time

lori said...

i am so sorry, lady! i know that news was upsetting and you have every right to be frustrated. you know i am not a runner, but i agree with what amanda said- it will make you stronger by making you focus time and energy on other areas. hang in there!

Beka said...

Agreed with above - you'll just be able to re-train at your best! You demolished Disney training,so this will be just as awesome. At least with this go round, you are still able to do other fitness. Can you do Body Pump classes to maintain your strength? Defintiely look into that (YMCA) or buy the dvd!

lisa price said...

I know thats not what you wanted to hear but I love your attitude and that your not letting it get you down!

AmyC @ running escapades said...

It's tough getting news that we don't want. Hang in there!

Katie said...

such a good attitude about it! so sorry you have this :( it sucks, but you'll get passed it. I STILL have problems with my knee which sucks but I've learned to be grateful I can run in the first place. I had to take months off which was terrible. the pool will do wonders for you! :)

Kristen :) said...

I still hate this for you, but at least you are handling it in the most positive way you can! Hopefully in 4 weeks you'll get the thumbs up to start Chicago training :)

Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie said...

I'm so sorry girl! I hope these four weeks are healing for your body!

Lauren said...

So sorry I know you were hoping for good news :-( Hang in there!! Are you going to the Kentucky Derby Yelp event? It's located right by my work (it's kind of a mini version of our venue) :-) Have fun!

PavementRunner said...

Get back to 100%, that is the goal. I'm glad that your Dr. is familiar with the anxiousness that comes with being an endurance athlete. He knows what is best for you physically to heal and how to get you back out there as quickly (and safely) as possible. That is a great thing.

Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby. said...

I'm sorry about the stress fracture! But it sounds like you have a great doctor! I'm sure you will be more than ready to run Chicago!

Kat @ Sneakers and Fingerpaints said...

I'm sorry about the news and hope that you're able to watch the clock tick fast to a come back for running! Ill miss ya at the Yelo even tonight but Gary will represent ;)

Karen said...

Man, that sucks. Sorry you didn't get better news. I'm glad you've got other exercise interests and are so positive about it all.

I'm not trying to be a jerk here on the next part, but I'm not sure of any other way to ask. You say you aren't meant to go into marathon training with a base. Could that be part of the reason you ended up with a stress fracture in the first place?

Haley said...

That is such a bummer. YOu have the right attitude. Stick with your cross training and you'll whip back into it within no time. Good Luck! Fingers Crossed.

Katie said...

What a bummer! Glad that you've found some alternatives though to get you through your running hiatus.

Curly Pink Runner said...

Oh, I am so, so, SO sorry to hear about your stress fracture!! That's horrible!! My prayers for swift and complete healing!!
Your attitude is good, cross training will be your best friend. And running will always be there when you do heal!

Laura said...

That is such a bummer Meghan. I'm so sorry. I'll be sending speedy recovery vibes your way!

The Unlikely Runner said...

I'm so sorry about your bummer MRI results! That really stinks!! I think I would break down if someone told me I couldn't run for 4 weeks. But aren't you so glad you bought a bike already!! I'm glad you are trying to be positive and I'm very interested to see what workouts you will be doing because I most definitely need some motivation in the cross training department. Thinking good thoughts for the next 4 weeks of HEALING!!

Amy @ A Glimpse of the Gouglers said...

Oh dear, I can't believe I'm only just now seeing this post! Catching up on blogs is a lot of work :) I'm so sorry that you're having to deal with this! Trust me I feel your pain and I'm been there. I'm light on running right now because my LCL is strained and rubbing which is no good. I hope that when they do the xrays in 4 weeks you'll be good to go. Lots of prayers for you sweet friend!

Jameil said...

((Big hug))