You may remember from my weeks of obsessing and whining about my leg that I have a femoral stress fracture. It happened in August, was diagnosed in September, and I was told no running until mid-December. If you're so inclined, read about it here and here.
Well, guess what? I have trouble with authority, and I think I know better than doctors. (Yes, the school-skipping, cynical child-Kim was a delight for my parents to raise, I'm sure). But, really, I have never read ANYTHING that supports taking four full months off for a stress fracture, so if you know something that I need to be taking into consideration, I need to know. Please.
Here's the deal - I have no pain. Starting in September, I started walking briskly (love that word, reminds me of chewing on snow.. crunch crunch) three times per week on my buddy the treadmill. I started off with 15 minutes, and gradually increased to 60 minutes. Now I have walked for 60 minutes, three times a week, for two weeks, no pain.
So, don't you think I'm ready for a little running? Right? On Thursday, I'm going to start my awesome stress fracture recovery program modified from this one, which starts with 10 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running, 5 walking, 5 running. It does the walk/run thing for three weeks, and at the end I'll be running about a half an hour at a time. Sounds easy-peasy right?
What do you think? Am I ready for some running, or should I shut up, sit down, and listen to my doctor?