I tried to make it the full four months, I really did. Kind of.
I went out yesterday for a short walk/run, and ended up doing 10 minutes of walking, 5 running, 5 walking, 5 running, 5 walking, with no pain.
After that run, I felt pretty gung-ho to start Pfitzinger's stress fracture recovery program, but I woke up this morning to some thoughtful comments to a question I posted on a running forum. The comments basically said the same thing: it's better to be overcautious then wind up with a setback, and that there are plenty of other sidelined runners who feel my frustration.
Perhaps it is better to wait it out a bit longer... I'm just not sure.
This injury is bringing out a different side of my personality. Normally, I'm pretty secure in my opinions, and prefer to research an issue endlessly than bring it up to someone for advice, but recently, I've been seeking medical advice from anyone that crosses my path.
This new trait was clearly displayed a few weeks ago - I was at a relatives house who is not a runner, doesn't know anything about running, and there I was, hopping up and down on my injured leg like a lunatic, frantically saying, "See? See? Don't you think I could run on this?"
Please. There are worse things than being sidelined for another few weeks (like being a whiny moron). Besides, since I'm not really an "athlete" right now, I can continue to enjoy my breakfasts of champions: Halloween candy and a glass of chocolate milk in my inspiring pint glass.
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