Tuesday, January 30, 2007

YAY! This girl is running again!

I'm not sure when my leg magically healed itself, but because it was semi-nice out today (minimal wind, a bit of sun, temps in the 40's instead of the 20's like it had been the past few days) I decided now would be a good time to test it out. So I went for what I planned to be a short and slightly disappointing run (I didn't think it'd be completely better yet, and I didn't think I'd be able to go very far from being off for so long)

But to my surprise, it didn't hurt. I went my normal 3 mileish loop around campus with no problem (except my nose running like crazy) I didn't feel like I had to run really slowly either. I was moving at my normal pace.

I'm so happy to be back to running. I know because it's winter and the weather isn't always the greatest that I won't be able to get outside to run as often as I would like, but just knowing that I can run when I want and not having to worry about being injured is such a relief!

I think maybe some of the fitness classes I'd been taking at the beginning of the semester helped. Like kickboxing and step classes have a decent amount of impact which I think helped prep my leg for the longer runs.

All in all, it's been a pretty good day and a decent start to the semester. :o)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Good news: I got the X-ray results back. Nothing broken, fractured, chipped, etc! YAY!

I haven't had a chance to get out on the road and see how things feel since I got the results back yesterday. It was bitter cold today and it's supposed to be the same tomorrow. I think I might just wait until I get back to campus on Sunday and test it out on the treadmill. I want to rule out the cold making my muscles tight as a possible cause of the problem.

I did go to the mall today because I wanted to walk around and see how things felt. Going at a normal walking pace nothing hurt, which I'm hoping is a good sign.

If it isn't frigid Saturday I'd like to get outside to see how things feel because I'm getting antsy sitting around. I'm looking forward to getting back to campus and seeing everyone. Not so much looking forward to the class part of things.

Sorry for such a short disjointed post. I just wanted to update everyone on the X-ray results!

Monday, January 15, 2007

So I had to go for X-rays today. And if I'm trying to find the positives in this situation....at least the wait at the place wasn't long, and it's still not definite that it's a stress fracture.

But all the stuff the doc. had me do didn't work, so I'm getting more and more nervous. The person who reads the X-rays is supposed to call my doctor sometime tomorrow and let him know what's up. But that means I'll probably have to wait until Wed. until I find anything out.

It's so frustrating waiting to see what's wrong. And if it doesn't end up being a stress fracture I'm not really sure what's going to be happen. I'm antsy to be out running, especially with the fairly mild winter we've been having.

I found myself running pointless errands today just to get myself out of the house.

I guess for now I'm just stuck crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

Friday, January 05, 2007

So this runner has been dealt some bad news. I went running twice this week and both times could go no more than about 5 minutes before I got really bad pain in my left shin. Since I thought it was just shin splints that I could work through, both times I kept running for 10 more minutes before it go real bad and I had to start walking.

I went to the doctor today and before he sends me for X-rays to check for stress fractures (b/c he wants to rule out other things first) he's having me rest straight up for three days and take 400 mgs of ibuprofen three times a day for the next five to six days. Then on day four I'm supposed to walk and see how that feels. If that goes okay for a few days, then I'm supposed to go out and walk 100 meters and jog for 50 and see how that feels. After all forms of exercise I'm supposed to seriously ice my leg.

If all that works, then I'm in the clear and can start running again. If it doesn't.....time for X-rays and dealing with the more serious ramifications of a stress fracture.

All in all I'm pretty bummed out, but I'm hoping that it won't come to X-rays and a stress fracture. I'm antsy enough knowing it's going to be 68 degrees tomorrow (the middle of January) and I'm not going to be able to run.

To cheer myself up, I rented a ridiculously chick flick tonight...A Cinderella Story...with Hilary Duff (I'm not a huge fan) and Chad Michael Murray. What can I say, something about a sappy plot line where average girl and attractive, popular boy fall in love and live happily ever after does it for me just about every time.