First Half Marathon…..Now a possible stress fracture! WTH Dangit

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did not have a stress fracture but a torn something in my right leg about 6 miles into my half marathon this past May.  I have just been able to run about 5 miles again but it took forever to heal.  

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsFarm0619: I ran my first half marathon in May, and took some time off to focus on my wedding in June. My knee randomly swelled up the day before my wedding, and I was limping the whole day. Thank goodness my reception shoes were flats!

I have been going to different physiotherapists since, and they have told me to stop running indefinitely, and to slowly ease into running once they fix my gait. In the meantime, I have been doing yoga, various stretches from the physiotherapists, and water fitness classes. Just today, I signed up for Aqua Cycle and Water Running in the new year to supplement my training next year.

Congratulations on completing your first race! I still get misty-eyed when I talk about my race to people. Definitely one of the proudest moments of my life!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsFarm0619:  congrats on your race!!  such an accomplishment 🙂  I get injured running all the time (mostly sprains), recovery time varies.  usually I take off running for a couple of weeks, and gradually ease into it.  also, ice and bandages help.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsFarm0619:  Congrats on finishing the race 🙂

I did have a stress fracture after my first half marathon 🙁  It was in my femur though, so it took FOREVER to heal.

It probably happened in August of ’10 during the race, but of course I expected some aches, pains, and soreness so I really just didn’t pay any attention to the pain at first.

After a few weeks, it was bothering me enough that I stopped running and went to the doctor.  He said I probably tore a muscle in my hip and to take it easy, gave me some pain meds, and told me to stick to spin class, yoga, and weightlifting.

So, I did the weights/spin/yoga routine for another month or so and it was STILL bothering me.  I went back to the doctor who sent me to PT (November ’10)

After yet another month of PT and limited activity, they ordered an MRI… which showed that my femoral neck was actually SPLITTING.  That was in December of 2010.

I was immediately put on crutches and told not to weight bear at all.  I was non-weight bearing for about 2 months, then I was allowed to swim but not kick (and I had to crutch to the side of the pool and lower myself in, then have help getting out of the pool and crutch away from the pool, so no weight bearing yet)

I ended up getting off crutches in March of 2011.  I wasn’t allowed to run again until later that summer.  I got back into running at that point, did a half marathon in November of 2011 and a full marathon in March of 2012.  

So, basically it took a very, very long time to heal properly, but I was able to avoid any pins or surgical procedures.  I think if my stress fracture had been caught earlier it would not have progressed as much and healed faster.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsFarm0619:  I was just about to say that doesn’t sound like a stress fracture when I saw your update! Stress fractures, particularly in the feet and lower legs, are almost always pain that localizes to a VERY specific point and don’t bruise (I’ve had one in my tibia).

Glad it’s minor and you’ll be back to normal soon. Make sure to do ankle strength and flexibility exercises once you’re healed!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MrsFarm0619:  so glad it wasn’t a stress fracture! I was going to comment that it didn’t sound like one. Rest and recover are crucial to any running routine. I have completed 5 half marathons. Started running in 2011. They will definitely get easier. You just have to really focus on strengthening those ankles it sounds like. Also maybe incorporate some yoga. Hip flexor and IT band flexibility and core strength are great for runners. Good luck recovering!! Best wishes to you. 

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MrsFarm0619:  Glad to hear it’s not a stress fracture! I had a stress fracture in my foot a few years ago. I was in a boot for nine weeks (UGH!) and then had to spend a few more weeks being pretty careful in just athletic shoes. So happy you’re healing already!!!

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