The doctor cleared me to run again! HAPPY HAPPY, JOY, JOY!
They took an X-ray of my leg and he showed me the new bone was forming. It's interesting: he told me the actual stress fracture wouldn't show on an X-ray, and that's why they order a bone scan. However, once the bone is healed, an X-ray shows the recovery and new bone forming.
Also some coaches told me that I absolutely had to find out how I got the fracture: bad shoes, maybe I need orthotics, bad form, or overuse. But my doctor told me there's really no way to tell, that stress fractures do happen even if you train properly, have the proper nutrition and shoes, etc. It makes sense to me. Still, since when I first started feeling the pain I was just starting to wear new Saucony's with Superfeet insoles, I decided not to wear those shoes and inserts again and stick with my good old Asics. I'm going to pick up a new pair soon to celebrate my return to running.
Of course I brought my clothes and will go for a run after work in the park today, starting slowly, 3 min. run/2 min walk for about 30 minutes - I can't wait!!!
Thank you SO MUCH to all of you bloggers who kept on encouraging me and putting up with me during these past dreadful 8 weeks. You really kept me in check and motivated. THANK YOU!!!
Alright... and off I went! 3.5 miles in 40 minutes. Ran for 4-5 minutes, walked for 2-3 in between... I must say, it was easier than I thought it would be (to run really slow and take walking breaks)... meaning, I'm not in as good a shape as I thought... I could really feel my quads and my breathing wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, even after the 50 biking miles yesterday... So, a slow re-entry it will be indeed... It felt so good to be out there and enjoy a bit of the beautiful DC weather though! I love fall!