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You gotta start somewhere

I had my first proper workout tonight since the diagnosis! I did 30 min on the stationary bike and 45 min on the elliptical (5k!) followed by 30 min of upper body and core strength. It was slow but I broke a decent sweat and – AND – there was no pain! My shin had a funny feeling in it at first with the elliptical but it went away when I lowered the cross ramp. All in all a successful evening 🙂

Bummer of the night? Bill Nye got cut from Dancing With the Stars. But let’s face it, his time was coming and with his injury he needs to not be dancing for a few weeks.


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Bad news

I went back to the ortho today for a follow up, hoping to hear good news about getting rid of this walking boot and maybe being able to walk or lightly jog through the Baltimore Half or the ATM… but that was not what I got. I am going to be in the boot at least another 4 weeks, and once I am out of it running will be off the table for a while. Like a long while. Any lingering hopes I had held on to about running ATM are fully out the door now. Guess I need to finally admit defeat now and go cancel the hotel room… 

I’m not going to lie, it took a lot of will power to not cry while walking out of the building after that appointment.

The other lame thing? Next week I was supposed to be going on a fun field trip to an adventure camp with the school where I substitute, but now I can’t go to that either. *pout*

I fully intend to enjoy my 12-hour personal pity party of pizza, cannoli cream (calcium!), and wine…


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NFL Back to Football “Race” Report

For starters, we’re not going to tell my ortho about this, okay? Awesome, thanks.

Last night was the Ravens’ Back to Football 5k! I’ll admit, I’m kinda peeved that the Super Bowl Champion Ravens don’t get to host the first game of the season, but that’s another rant for another day. As part of the consolation package the NFL is sending our way, Baltimore had its first Back to Football 5k. Finishing on the 50 yard line? Yes please. Now this isn’t the first time I’ve been on the field – I was in the Marching Ravens the last time we won the Super Bowl. But still cool nonetheless.

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I had signed up for this race a few weeks ago, before things went haywire. Seeing as it looks like there’s a very real chance that I am missing my fall target races, I decided to walk this one. They had a 90 min limit – what did I have to lose? Even if I came in dead last, who cares? I did it with a broken leg.

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I started allllllll the way at the back, surrounded by screaming children in strollers. Ugh. Usually I use that as motivation to run faster, but there was no escaping it this time!

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Matt Stover, the much-beloved-yet-sadly-former Ravens kicker, (quite literally) kicked off the race. Even though there were only like 2,500 entrants they still had a wave start. Because we were way back we started about 10:00min after the official start. The Ravens Cheerleaders were lined up at the start, cheering everyone on.

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As I went past the announcers booth at the start line, one of the announcers yelled “oh my god, that girl is in a cast!” – and for the rest of the race that was the familiar chorus I heard. Although I was super bummed to not be able to run, it was fun hearing everyone, including the cops, being like “damn girl, that’s dedication!” the entire way. 🙂

The race itself wasn’t exactly the most scenic course I’ve ever been on – and it definitely took me to some parts of the city I had never been to – but it was cool seeing the stadium lit up and the city coming to life in the background. (Unfortunately, the iPhone sucks at low-light photos and none of them turned out. It’s a shame because it was absolutely gorgeous).

At one point just before mile marker 1 I noticed a woman up ahead of me decked out in Steelers gear and set my sights on her – there was no way a Steelers fan was going to beat me! I hobbled as hard as I could up that hill on Ostend Street and beat her to the top! But then she passed me running downhill. Cheater.

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When I (finally) made it back to the stadium it was pretty dark out, which made being on the field all that more impressive. As we entered the field from the tunnel the cheerleaders were lined up cheering everyone on again. Honestly, I think they were getting a little bored at that point because the crowd was getting sparse and they had been there for like an hour – they were cheering when I walked past, and then the second or third one in saw my boot and yelled “omg! look at that!” and all of them, even the men, started cheering even louder! It was really cool and definitely a spirit lifter. I took my time on those last couple of yards, just enjoying the view.

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For early September it was a surprisingly gorgeous night for a run stroll around the stadium.

After the race they had some celebratory beverages and the concession stands were open. Husband told me while he was waiting for me to finish he heard more than a few people talking about “that girl in the cast” – that kinda made me smile 🙂

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Although it was incredibly frustrating not to be able to run (or even powerwalk!), and it took me forever and a day to cross the finish line, I’m really glad I went out and did it. Sitting at home and missing the event would have been so much more frustrating. My leg doesn’t hurt at all today and I only have a bit of tightness in my right hip flexor (I’m pretty sure it did all of the work last night!), so that makes me really optimistic about the next couple of weeks. Yay!

Bonus – a little clip of me hobbling along made it onto the news last night! http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/09/04/ravens-fans-celebrate-the-return-of-football-at-the-nfl-kickoff-village/ When you see the hordes of screaming women, I’m just behind them.

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So, what exactly is a stress fracture? How do you know when shin splints have progressed to a stress fracture? And how do you treat it so you can get back on the road as soon as possible and as strong as possible?

For starters, it’s sort of the mother of all running injuries (short of a full fracture). You really don’t want to hear that coming out of your doctor’s mouth, but if you do, know that it’s only a bump in the road; respect their advice no matter how much you may dislike them in that moment. If you don’t, you’re only hurting yourself – and making it easier for them to put their kids through college!

Here are some of the resources I consulted last month when trying to determine if my aches and pains were something I could deal with on my own or if they were something that needed attention from more practiced hands.

Stress Fractures (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
Inside the Doctor’s Office: Stress Fractures
Sidelined With a Stress Fracture

Hopefully you’ll never find yourself needing this info, but if you do, knowing what you’re potentially up against before you can see your doctor can help shorten your healing time, or at least help you avoid doing further damage.

(Disclosure: I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV. These are just resources that I consulted before I was able to meet with my physical therapist and, later, an orthopedist. If you have any questions or doubts about any aches or pains you’re feeling, by all means, call a trained professional! The internet is a good source for information, but Google ≠ M.D.)