The Verdict


I have a stress fracture in my lower tibia. It is so new, in fact, that is was nothing more than a white shadow on the x-rays. However, that little baby hurts.

I am in a “boot” for the next three weeks – if things are looking and feeling better, then I might be allowed to swim or use a stationary bike for exercise. But, I have been told that I won’t be running on it for at least three to four months. So, there goes the half marathon.

I am bummed beyond words. I was so upset I forgot to wait for my prescription when I left the doctor’s office. I am thankful, though, I don’t need a cast. I can walk without crutches in The Boot, and I am required to wear a tennis shoe on my other foot for support and to even out the hight between my legs, so at least I can wear comfy shoes when traveling for a while. LOL

The weireder, stranger part is that there may be one in my right ankle too. The doctor is going to look into that if it is still tender at my follow-up visit in a few weeks.

My overall plans don’t change. I will run a half marathon. Now that I’ve committed to it, I want to follow through, even if it isn’t happening on the original time schedule. And in the meantime, I still plan to go down to Florida in March to cheer on my friends. I need a vacation away from home stuff anyway…some time alone with Neil will be good…and the timing for that will be perfect.

Also, I will still be writing here about my progress with generally trying to get fit and shed some pounds. Swimming and biking are going to require a gym membership somewhere, though, so I will have to start seriously looking into that. And food is always an easy topic to write about, even if it isn’t as easy to control shoveling into my mouth sometimes

By the way, my doctor, Dr Sebold, is an awesome fella. He took it right in stride when I burst into tears in the exam room after he told me no running for three to four months and reminded me that the good part was that it will heal up and should be just fine. I also learned that I have an extra bone in my foot. Apparently I am a mutant freak of nature after all!


9 responses »

  1. I’m so sorry that this is the news that you got today. I know how much you’ve been looking forward to the half and your journey training to get there. But like you said, you can and will still do it. It’s not like you’re just giving up now. There’s a reason you’re not meeting your original goal. Making sure your body is well enough to run and train is the most important part. It’d be a lot worse if you didn’t get things checked out and injured yourself even more.

    It’s fine to be sad, bummed and even mad at the current situation. You’ve got a good attitude though that you’ll move forward and still work on your overall health and fitness even if you have to change your plans a bit.

    • Thanks, Amanda! I am irritated. More than that, I think I am a little concerned (as was the doctor) that I have this fracture. Especially because I didn’t fall or roll my ankle or cause other trauma other than basic running. He said I am “very young” to see this sort of thing.

      I drink lots of milk and get my calcium, but I might watch my intake a little more closely just to be sure!

  2. I don’t even know what to say.

    I’m so sorry. I’m so upset and pissed for you. I can’t imagine how you feel right now.

    It’s definitely a good thing that you found the fracture but I know it isn’t the news that any of us were hoping for. It stinks when our heads and our hearts are FINALLY in the right place to make healthy changes and our bodies just can’t keep up.

    I think it is great that you are finding other options to stay fit for the future. You have definitely motivated me more that I can say and I can’t wait to read your future posts.

    • Thanks so much, Miranda! I’ll definitely still be around and following your progress too. You are doing SO great with your running.

      I might be down temporarily, but I am definitely not out!

      • Definitely not! I’m sure you’ll come back 100 times stronger once you heal especially now that you know what you are capable of when it comes to running. You’ve been kicking my butt!

        I’m really scared of getting injured though. I don’t think I’m as motivated as you are and I’m afraid I’d just completely fall off of the wagon if I couldn’t run or walk for exercise. I’m paranoid of working out at the gym in front of people so I can’t imagine trying to swim in front of them either. LMAO!

  3. Hi, I have just scheduled an appointment with Dr. Sebold. Can you tell me if he is a runner or is empahetic to runners. I’ve been running for over 30 years but now having achilles/calf problems. I wanted a Dr. who runs or at least understands runner issues. They scheduled me with Dr. Sebold, but I would like to know his feelings about running. Thanks for your comment and best wishes in your future in running. Wayne

    • Hi Wayne! Empathetic, yes, though I don’t know if he is a runner himself. He definitely fit and seems to understand runner issues. And being a foot and ankle specialist he seemed to have a much deeper understanding of how to heal problems there other than the generic “keep off of it” and “ice it” that I’ve gotten from general practitioners. Unfortunately, because mine was a break, no running for me for some time, but he was very empathetic to the need to keep active and moving and offered alternatives to get me through. He also checked my pronation to make sure it wasn’t getting out of control which could have been a factor in my problems.

      Overall I was very impressed with the entire Foot & Ankle clinic. I was seen on time, they got the x-rays taken as soon as I got into the exam room (if you are seeing him at their main clinic in Charlotte, they are right on-site there so no trapsing all over the hospital), and I didn’t have to wait forever to see the doctor. He was friendly and very knowledable and able to speak to my level of understanding (he didn’t talk down to me about anything, but also didn’t treat any of my questions as trival). It was a quick visit (I was anticipating hours because I knew they’d want images), but I didn’t feel rushed or slighted in the process. And the ladies who checked me in and out were also very efficient and friendly.

      I suppose this all is a long-winded way of saying that he never told me to stop running or that I shouldn’t run (I am fairly new to it and am still pretty overweight which I know is hard on my joints) and he was very nice when I lost it for a minute when he told me I’d be out of running for a few months and reassured me that this was a fixable problem and I’d be back running ASAP.

      Best of luck to you – I hope your achilles heals up quickly for you and I hope you have a good experience with Dr Sebold!

  4. That totally sucks! I know how hard you’ve been working. I’m glad they figured out what was wrong and that it’s something that will heal over time. You’ll be back in your running shoes before you know it.

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