Thursday, February 21, 2013

Stress Fracture v2


I identify myself as a lot of things.  I’m a dad, a friend, chip n dales dancer, etc.  But, if I were to identify myself as anything, I would consider myself a chip n dale runner.  But, for the last 2 weeks that hasn’t been the case.  Hello, my name is Adam, and it has been 13 days since my last run.

Oh, I’ve wanted to run.  I’d drive to work and see people prancing along the side of the road like little booty short clad antelopes and I would secretly despise them. I’d want to yell: “YOU DON’T KNOW HOW GOOD YOU HAVE IT!!!” out the window while throwing a packet of GU as hard as I could. (Read: into the next lane - if I had the wind at my back)

The issue is pretty simple: My calf hurts. A lot.  So, like I think I mentioned before, I went to the doctor. After an MRI scan, a body cavity search which the doctor said not to mention to anyone? Strange, and an x-ray on Tuesday, I was told the news that no runner wants to hear: I have a stress fracture.

Of course, I like to think of myself as a pretty above average individual.  I do tell 3x more innuendo jokes as the average person. I’m 31 years old and people tell me that I have the mind of a 12 year old ALL the time which has to mean that my brain is young and fresh. So, not to be outdone not only do I have one stress fracture, I have TWO!!!  What now legs?!?! Who is your daddy!?!?

So yes, two stress fractures, both midway up my calf.  One of them is on my tibia and one of them is on my fibula.
Well, and I guess that is all I have to say about that


Prior to going to the doctor, I was biking like Lance Armstrong shoots EPO.  I even had borrowed a trainer from a buddy and had a sweet setup including a Netflix subscription and a TV big enough that I could practically see the track marks on Lance’s arms.

My son's toys and my toys!


I had taken hold of biking with the same intensity that I do running.  Logging 5 or so rides a week with a long 37 miler on Sunday. In Phoenix, it is the perfect time of year to ride, so I headed out at noon and was able to bronze...  slightly sun kiss...  lobster fry my skin.

I think that I have since started to sprout lobster claws
No, this is not photoshopped (wait, yes it is - I made my arms smaller)


Unfortunately, on Tuesday, the doctor told me that biking was a no no for the first month or so.  In fact, we even discussed the possibility of a boot for a while.  No bueno.  He said that I could swim and that I could aqua jog.  Lovely.  So, since each time I tip my head while swimming my ear canals seem to operate like toilets to my brain, I’m going to try the aqua jogging.

Sooooo, that is what caused my absence from the blog for the last few days.  I have to admit that I wasn’t super excited about sharing the news so I sort of moped around for a while.  As a coach, part of me wants to think that this was preventable as part of a training plan.  I suppose that it probably was – if my training plan involves lots of beer curls and couch-to-ass contact. But, I know that this is probably just “one of those things”.  I had a blood test done and my vit-D levels were off the charts low so that has to be a part of it.

As for Boston? I’m doing it – even if I have to strap on a floating diaper and aqua jog all the way to the Citgo Sign.

32 comments:

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

So, what I hear you saying is you need more "d"? You...want the D?

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Redhead Running said...

Ugh, just fucking ugh. Sending lots of healing vibes your way and you know how to reach me if you need to bitch/whine/moan/complain.

Nikki! said...

You two look shockingly alike. I have been there buddy. Stress fracture, calf. But I did it while attaining even slower than ordinary running status. At least you are fast.

The Kidless Kronicles

Jen said...

Oh maaaaaaan that royally sucks. I am so sorry to hear of the injury. Did Dr. Bad News give you any clue when you can get back to running?

By the way, that is one nasty-ass sunburn. I mean you live in a freakin' hot state - sunscreen?

The upside of being sidelined is plenty of time to blog about women's clothing. Just saying.

timothy harlow said...

Its been over a year since i had my stress fracture (only 1, not 2) and i still fear getting another one. Any little pain i get in that area causes me angst.
What i missed the most were those Sat long runs.
Keep better soon

SupermomE12 said...

It is scary how much you look like that cat!!! :)

Seriously though, I am so sorry about this. Bleck, ugh, bad word bad word bad word. There is nothing worse than a runner who can't run. Behave so you can heal fast and get back to doing what you love. You have plenty of time to heal for Boston.

Now go get you some vitamins!
PS We have the exact same type of skin. I only have three shades, pale white, pink, or lobster red.

XLMIC said...

I can really relate to the mopiness. I'm out for at least 6 months...maybe forever. Noseplugs for the pool are always a good look ;-)

Here's to a super speedy, miraculously quick recovery :)

Jeff Irvin said...

Sorry dude, this blows, especially the not being able to bike either.

The good news is that even though aqua jogging is boring as hell it will allow you to maintain a rather high level of fitness.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

aww damn I'm sorry Adam. This sucks ass. Which I'm sure you've been saying left and right for the last two weeks esp since you found out that you are an overachiever. :(

Jill said...

Well, you know I don't have to mention my 2-year foot from hell fiasco and how I was in a woe-is-me funk. But the good thing is, it will heal and those suckers heal so well that those bones are even tougher when you get back. Missy Franklin wears nose and ear plugs so plug away....and maybe the Olympics are in your near future! :)

runningsurvivor said...

Oh my goodness...stress fractures suck...my pelvic stress fracture (now healed) still gives me pain sometimes when I try to act like a teenager...I forget I'm not 20 anymore...waaaaa! So take it easy buddy and yikes that is some sunburn...

http://runningsurvivor.blogspot.com

Beth Ann said...

Sorry about the stress fracture! That's a huge bummer, but I'm sure when you come back you will appreciate running even more. I hope you recover quickly and can find a cross training activity you don't hate.

Kate Geisen said...

This really stinks. Here's to fast healing and Boston without aqua jogging. I'm currently having to
Face up to the fact of a shoulder injury from a very stupid biking fall, but at least it doesn't impact my biking or running.

Andrea said...

Noooooo!! So sorry, Adam - yeah, that helps, huh? Get some earplugs and work on your swim leg, son. Welcome to the Dark Side of "Aging runners turned triathletes." Suck it up, buttercup.

ajh said...

Sorry to read this! Heal fast. Really too bad you can't bike either. Swimming saves me but sounds like that won't work for you. If you do the aqua jogging to the Citgo sign wearing a diaper take lots of pictures.

derunningmom.com said...

So sorry to hear about the stress fractures!!! Healing vibes and thoughts coming your way...I so remember when I was in a boot last year thinking the same thing about other runners and wanting to hit them also!!! See ya in Boston buddy!

Gracie said...

Stay off it. Stay off it. Stay off it. Don't even stand on it. Then go run Boston!

My Boring Triathlon Blog said...

aqua jogging = boring but it works

The Banter said...

Them there are mighty good looking tan lines for a bloke sitting in front of the boob toob watching Netflix whilst biking on a trainer over a towel.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Sending "speedy recovery" vibes and Malaysia. Wish you were here...would love to introduce you to my Chinese physician - he got me up and walking/slow jogging in 2.5 weeks after my fracture.

Jamoosh said...

Chippendales? I always get confused. I thought you were the "Thunder from Down Under"

Johann said...

Sorry to read this Adam, it really sucks big time. Hang in there, it will pass.

MotherRunner said...

Ugh that sucks dude. But a wise coach (that's you dumbass) once told me I would come back from my stress fracture stronger and faster than ever, and you know what? I did. Enjoy extra family time (read: get drunk a lot) in the next month, and then kick some ass!

Heather said...

I'm so sorry! I totally feel your pain. Let us know how the aquajogging goes. I have not desire to do that and thank goodness my Dr says I can spin. Sending healing vibes your way!

Lisa Eirene said...

I've never had a stress fracture (thank you goddess!) but I've had several injuries that sidelined me for months. I'm currently dealing with Runner's knee that seems to want to flare up all the time.

My advice: do SOMETHING else. Anything. When I had to take 6 months off from running I started lifting weights. It was such a good thing for me. I lost some weight, toned up, learned to love weight lifting and started to address the imbalances in my body that caused the injury to begin with.

Good luck!

Robyn said...

So sorry to hear about the stress fx. I have aqua jogged a number of times to head off impending injuries and it's not that bad. I got workout ideas from http://www.eatrunread.com/2011/07/best-pool-runningaqua-jogging-workouts.html (try the "speed work" one! you won't be able to climb stairs for the rest of the day!) and humor from http://wellimtryingtorun.blogspot.com/ (check out her "What Not To Wear" posts).

skywatcher said...

When I'm laughing at your blog post, it is with you and not at you. Keep up the humor, sounds like that's the only thing the doc is not regulating.

Courtney said...

That is supper sucktastic. Sorry dude. Sending healing vibes your way.

Layla said...

I already expressed condolences (and my awe at your over-achieving ability to get two stress fractures at once) on Twitter. But hey, more condolences are better than, um, something evil. Right? I am so sorry -- it's like the Boston gods are laughing at you and seeing just how much they can throw at you. Hang in there. If you need to vent to someone who's had two stress fractures, feel free to holler. layla@ thesmudge.com

Also, that lobster photo had me laughing out loud at work. I am currently peeling from my first sunburn of the year, though I hope I look a bit more like Ariel than a crustacean...

danny said...

I was out running on the concrete sidewalks of suburbia and wondered how much side walk running you have to do in your suburbia?

I know you mentioned that blood tests showed D levels being very low, but its well known that concrete is a bit harder than your standard asphalt, packed dirt, or grass.

I hate my concrete paradise, and try to head out to the outskirts as much as possible.

Good luck on the recovery! With your consistency you'll be back up to speed in no time!

Al's CL Reviews said...

That sucks!

Glenn Jones said...

Bummer!