Or Don’t

To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. For those of you who don’t already know it appears I have a stress fracture on my lower left leg, right at my ankle. A stress fracture is a crack in the bone caused by repeated force over a period of time. When the muscles get tired and can take no more, they transfer the weight to the bones which then have to take on that repetitive beating.

If you’re looking for an exciting story as to how this injury came about, you’re about to be disappointed too. There was not one specific moment that I just fell down crying with pain. I was running last Wednesday (only 3 miles, mind you) and my leg just started hurting really badly towards the end. I thought I had given myself shin splints. I ran…until I hit 3 miles. Then, I walked the rest of the way to my car.

I thought that I had pretty tough bones considering the beatings they took from 10 years of being a cheerleader. All of the jumps I did, the back-tucks and back handsprings I landed, and the times I FELL from stunts and pyramids. The only break I ever had was a broken nose in college…and that was from someone else’s flying arm. I had my share of twisted ankles for sure, but that was about as far as it went. I have hit basketball floors from 8-12 feet high and never sustained a serious injury.

All that being said, I am trying hard to not be depressed. (This is only temporary after all…I am not losing a leg.) Running is kind of what I had going for me. With a marathon coming up in less than 3 weeks I am on a time frame here. I can’t believe that this happened after such a great high of my 20 miler (which in all honesty could have caused it). I have still not decided about attempting to run it. I have high hopes for myself. I don’t want to get out there and be miserable 1. because I am in pain and/or 2. because I have lost all of my running fitness. How miserable 26.2 miles could be if not properly trained and ready! Everything I have read and heard says to try deep water running. That it best mimics the act of running and keeps you in running shape. But…you must have $$ to join a gym with a pool. I could handle the $50 a month…it’s the $200 “initiation” fee upfront that kills me! This is why I like running, you can do it anywhere and it doesn’t cost a thing. I miss the fresh air and the beating of my heart.

I did Pilates yesterday. What a waste! I didn’t even sweat! I’m gonna go crazy without it!


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