It's been two weeks since I've been able to run. I've done two test runs since then, one as recently as yesterday, and felt major calf pain five seconds in. And yes, I stopped immediately.
After two weeks, I also decided to quit the chiro, at least for now. The Graston and adjustments he was doing always ended up being a short-term fixes -- basically, I'd feel normal for the few post-appointment hours before I went to bed, and then I'd wake up the next day and limp to the train station. I know he was trying to help me, but I also felt like he was treating me as a guinea pig that he couldn't figure out. And since co-pay $$$ doesn't grow on trees (I saw him six times in the last two weeks, ouch), and he'd shown me various stretches I could do on my own, I decided to move on.
So, today I went to see an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine.
Points won: This doc is a former marathoner himself. He actually also managed to injure himself out of NYCM in years past, yikes. But this meant he might actually get me.
Points lost: He asked if I eat enough and then remarked to his observing med student about how "you always gotta ask because most female runners have eating disorders." Jerk.
After doing some pre-appointment Googling (I know) I went in thinking I had a calf strain. After taking x-rays and asking me a bunch of questions about my training and running history, the doc was convinced it was shin splints. Even though shin splints can be related to either muscle or bone pain and my x-rays showed nothing out of the ordinary, I'm not entirely convinced. (Read: I feel completely lost, as though nobody can figure out what's actually wrong with me.)
The doc also sent me off with physical therapy orders, which I'm going to hold off on for now because, again, I'm not made of money (or time). I'm supposed to see him in a month if I need to check in. I'm hoping I don't need to since I was mostly unimpressed, and doctor shopping can be so exhausting.
Since ibuprofen has not been cutting it, the doc also prescribed an anti-inflammatory which, thankfully, did not cost me an arm and a leg. He also said I could do some cross training if I wanted to, so after two weeks of doing nothing but yoga and stretching, I sought out a local gym guest pass to try some ellipticalling and swimming tonight.
Ellipticalling hurt five minutes in, so I headed downstairs and messed around in the pool for about half an hour (note to self: stalk Kelly 's swimming-while-injured posts).
I don't own a one-piece and felt weird about working out in a bikini. Sports bra and swimsuit bottom works, right?
Swimming/pool running/kicking around in the pool didn't feel awesome, but I'm hoping it will feel better tomorrow if I start with that. At the end of the week I'll see if I can get a temporary membership for a few weeks.
As for running? I was hoping two weeks of total rest would do the trick, and now I'm hoping a couple more without running will help. As of tomorrow, I'll officially be two months out from the Houston Marathon. Even though some people think I should, I'm not ready to rule it out just yet. I'm trying not to worry about falling behind in training yet, but I'm already experiencing some FOMO, especially now that I have to skip this weekend's 25K race. On a happier note, today I booked a flight to come visit my sister and New York friends for a few days through New Year's. Assuming I'm back to normal, let's run!
Tell me your injury recovery stories, especially if you were able to make it to a race in one piece. Also, congrats to all the NYC-turned-Richmond Marathoners who raced this weekend!