Before I tell you the bad news, have a look at some good news:
Numero uno. My training has been awesome. In the beginning of December, I crafted a smart, slow return to running after my femoral stress fracture, and I've executed it perfectly:
|Weekly mileage courtesy of DailyMile. I really didn't skip a week, not sure why "1" is blank....|
Numero dos. I've fallen in love with other forms of exercise. Since December 1, I've swum almost four miles, spent hours on the spin bike, lifted weights, rowed, yoga-ed.
Numero tres: I think I've found an excellent chiropractor who is going to fix me.
With all that fantastic news, what could be wrong?
1. My femur hurts. Ruh-roh.
2. My hip hurts.
3. My posterior tibial tendinitis that I thought I kicked in June is back.
4. After five years of running with no knee pain, my knee hurts.
And before you worry that I was struck by lightening in the crotchal region, never fear. I just kinda always wanted to wax my nether-foliage into a lightening bolt shape like what I think Wonder Woman's pubes might look like. Or a stripper. Whatever, let me have my dreams.
So, it sucks bad. Obviously, I can't run with this multitude of injuries I'm stacking up, but the great news is I know it's nothing I did wrong. I didn't jump back too quickly into training. I had my gait analyzed. I went to physical therapy.
I had an appointment yesterday with a chiropractor, and he said, and I'm quoting, that my case was "fascinating", and he "couldn't wait to work on me". He said my pelvis is very twisted, and now also my foot, ankle, knee, and hip on my injured right side area all f*cked up too.
Basically, there's no way that I can run with this problem and not have a litany of injuries result from it.
I'm taking this setback surprisingly well. Yes, it sucks that I really felt like I was on my way back, and I'd just started to sign up for races, but I feel positive and I really think that I've finally found someone to address the root of the problem.
It's shocking, I know, but apparently being on bedrest for 14 weeks is not excellent for the pelvis.
Ah well, it's just another thing I can guilt them with when they're older. :)
|My little monsters.|
So for the forseeable future, you can find me swimming, cross-training, and drinking heavily.