Post # 1
Finally got up to running 40 miles per week, cut a bunch of time off my races…have been kickin gbutt and lost 10lbs…now I have bilateral tibial stress fractures and can’t do weight bearing exercise for 8+ weeks (probs longer because I have to walk everywhere).
Beyond physical health I can already see the mental impact this has on me. I”ve been crying in the house all day and haven’t done any of my work (as a lawyer…needs to get done).
Post # 3
I am so sorry you are having to deal with this. I am a runner and have been there…4 years ago I had a femoral neck stress fracture (hip). I had been running back to back marathons and half marathons and running was my passion and mylife ( hadn’t met my Darling Husband yet). I was on crutches for 4 months and for someone used to being so active, it was devastating. My only advice to you is try to find other ways to keep you occupied mentally and swim if your doctor will let you. But don’t push yourself to start running again until it is healed . I hope you feel better quickly!
Post # 4
I am sooo sorry that you’re going through this!! I also had bilateral tibial stress fractures last November after running a marathon. I’d been having pain for weeks, but kept brushing it off since the pain lessened after running a couple of miles. After the marathon, I could barely walk the pain was so bad. I truly thought that I’d broken both my legs. Even standing up was excruciating.
The doctor gave me boots to wear along with using crutches. It was a huge pain in the ass not to be able to drive or do any kind of strenous exercise at all. I ended up buying a stationary bike and awkwardly pedaling away on that in the evenings, but my endurance and stregnth really suffered during my healing time.
It wasn’t until last month that my orthopaedic dr finally gave me the go ahead to tentatively start running again. I’ve had some minor pain since, and my Dr advised me to stop the running again. This type of injury can take months and months to heal.
It will be a long process for you, and I’m sure you’re going to be frustrated and angry. But I’d advise you to heed your dr’s orders, as stress fractures are nothing to play around with. If you don’t take care of yourself, you could end your running career forever.
Best wishes in your recovery.
Post # 5
I’m miserable…to be honest, I’m not even looking forward to my wedding.