Monday – SPIN
Tuesday – OFF
Wednesday – SPIN
Thursday – SPIN
Friday – SPIN
Saturday – SPIN
Sunday – OFF
Notice anything different about last weeks workouts? Yep – I’ve been benched. For a little while now, my inner left calf has been aching. I’ve just been doing really easy runs since the race so it wasn’t majorly bugging me. However, recently, the aching had started up closer and closer to the start of my run. Instead of the pain starting when I was done my easy 5Ks, it was hurting around 3-4K, then 2-3K, and then just walking around the next day after running.
I was in denial – I really didn’t want to stop running. The weather in Toronto has been amazing recently – tshirt and shorts weather in November! I just wanted to keep running but deep down I knew better.
I booked an appointment with a sports doc and was told I’m somewhere between shin splints (will they EVER leave me alone) and a stress fracture. Of course, I started crying like a baby in the doc’s office – I mean I tried not to but the second he said “no running for at least 3-4 weeks,” I broke down.
Needless to say, I’ve been quite upset over not being able to run – I called my coach in the bathroom crying over the diagnoses. However, she thought it was something else. My coach thinks I have post posterior tibial tendonitis as it is more of my tendon area than bone that is hurting.
I’m not saying I’m disregarding the doc’s diagnoses but after my coach fitted me in new shoes on Wednesday and got some insoles in me, the last few days I’ve been relatively pain-free! I haven’t tried running yet but my calf haven’t been bothering me when I’m on my feet for 4+ hours at work or walking to and from campus.
In a few weeks, I’ll be seeing the physio that I was referred to by the sports doc (super long wait, I know) and I’ll talk to her and see if I’ve been misdiagnosed.
My current state of mind is definitely in the “upset” camp. I had come back so cautiously from my race – I rarely did over 5K on my runs – my long runs were 6-8K and I only got to do two! I just want to stomp my feet and yell that it’s not fair when I see people on my Facebook or Instagram do little to no build up then out of the blue do 21K or even 50k+ and be perfectly fine. Are they just more genetically blessed than I am? Is there something I’m not doing in my routine that keeps me in this injury cycle? It can just be so frustrating seeing everyone perform so well when you are not. Rant over.
So how was your week? Anyone else injured? Anyone want to stomp their feet with me?