Yesterday morning I dropped Wes off at his first residency interview and went and found the nearest place I could park for 3-4 hours.
I ended up finding a Panera and ordered some delicious oatmeal and strawberries.
It was delicious! I got a couple great hours of work done in preparation for the craziness of the next few days.
We will leave straight from Blacksburg, VA once his interview is over and head down to North Carolina to stay the night at my in-laws before heading to the next interview. It will be nice to visit and break up the drive.
I thought it was about time that I gave you all an update on my femoral stress fracture recovery. It hasn’t gone quite as planned, though I do still see the light at the end of the tunnel.
For my newer readers here are a few of my previous posts on my stress fracture:
As of Thursday I will officially reach the 7 week mark. That means for 7 full weeks I have not ran a single step. It feels so long.
I wish I could say I am closer to running again than I am, but as I have learned through this process it is always better to play it safe.
As you know from my recovery plan, I took the first 3 weeks completely all from all activity. I let my leg heal and besides walking around in normal every day activities I did no other forms of exercise outside of core work.
After the 3 weeks was over I began cross training. I have focused on:
2. Pool Running
I did well for the first couple weeks. I focused on the less weight bearing activities and then I jumped the gun.
I began incorporating walking into my routine. As with everything else I seem to do I went in too hard too fast and believe I may have re-injured my stress fracture slightly. If I had stuck to slow easy walking I would have been fine, but instead I went in too fast and for too long.
I don’t believe I re-fractured it, but I do know that I set myself back a couple weeks due to this.
Lesson learned: an extra few minutes of cross training is not worth an extra 2-3 weeks of recovery and no running.
At this point I am still not quite sure when I will begin running again. If I could give you a time frame I would say I would love to be running a tiny bit by the first of December, but I know I can’t rush this.
I am still having pain sometimes and I know until there is absolutely no pain there will be absolutely no running.
The traveling we are on right now is actually really saving me. I have made myself pretty much stick to non-weight bearing activities (basically swimming and pool running) and since I don’t have access to a pool while on the road I am giving my leg some extra rest.
I have begun focusing on some weight training and core work again. These are vital to make sure that I come back stronger than I was before.
I am also still sticking to my vitamin regiment and making sure that I am eating a healthy and balanced diet as much as I can.
I know that by giving myself a little more “rest” during this travel that it will enable my leg to re-heal in whatever way it needs to.
I guess that is about a wrap up of where I am. 7 weeks in and I’d say I have another 2-3 weeks to go at least, even though that is very hard for me to admit.
Please tell me I am not the only one who jumps the gun on things. Are you an all or nothing kind of person? I am and I need to break the habit or I am going to end up injured forever.