Mid last week, I honestly thought that I was on the mend. I had went on a 4 mile run, had minimal pain, and announced in true Baby Bash and Akon form that I was back. As I looked back at my blog history, what I realized I forgot to mention was that I tried to go on a 6 mile run the day after, only got 2 miles into it and had to bail because of the searing intense pain. I can only assume that it burned as much as when Lindsey Lohan goes #1. I think that I have only had to bail out on a run once before. For this one, I thought that I had a bad run and that it would turn around soon. As I look back, I'm not quite sure what I was thinking and am pretty impressed with being able to crank through the miles with a slightly broken leg.
When I first got to the clinic (not Betty Ford thank goodness) I explained all of my symptoms to the RN. Being the quasi-type A person that I am, I of course had each symptom bulleted out so that I didn't forget any:
- Strong Bone pain on my shin bone just below the knee (Pain level 8)
- Pain on the kick back behind my knee when I am jogging (Pain level 6)
- Calf pain after running (Pain level 3)
I should have seen the writing on the wall when he immediately ordered a full X-Ray. One thing led to another and before I knew it my doc was telling me that I was benched for 4 weeks. He said that while he didn't see any actual break, he could see healing taking place which based on the location of the pain was 95% conclusive. He said that we COULD do an MRI and/or a bone scan but we didn't have to. Since I knew that would mean another co-pay, I decided to pass.
I asked him what being benched meant. Could I bike, swim, etc? He said that swimming was fine and biking was OK as long as I wasn't hammering on it HARD. He particularly advocated aqua jogging where as I strap on a life vest, jump in the deep end, and pretend to be running. I'll probably try that eventually.
One thing that he wasn't able to provide much insight on was how much cardio fitness I'll lose while taking time off. I have to assume that even if I were to swim as much as Phelps and bike as much as Lance I'll still lose SOME level of running fitness. I paid my money for RnR AZ on 1/17 and plan on running it. Even if that means that it is a training run for some other race in the future.