I’ve had my fair share of injuries, including:
- Soleus Strain (Summer ’16-Spring ’17)
- Tibial Stress Fracture (Winter ’14-’15)
- ITBS (Recurrent)
- Plantar fasciitis (Fall 2013)
- Water on the knee (Fall 2011)
And unfortunately, I’m sure that won’t be the last of it. I started this blog as I was coming back to running as a way to document my recovery and build up after three months off due to a tibial stress fracture.
That three months was, at the time, the longest block of time I had to take off from running due to injury since I began taking running seriously in the summer of 2012. That time off came right as I was preparing to train for my first Boston Marathon (I didn’t even toe the line that year), and as my marathon and half marathon PRs were dropping.
When I started running again, I was afraid that I’d never get back into PR shape. My fiance could tell you all about my melodrama. After that, I set PRs in every distance that I had run since that stress fracture.
Now, I’m faced with an even bigger struggle. Recently, I took a solid six months off due to a long-running calf strain. It was only in June 2017 that I was cleared to start running again (on an anti-gravity treadmill, the Alter-G). Once again, I’m afraid that I might never get back into PR shape, but I sure will try.
Anyway, I hope my posts about my recovery journey will help inspire and inform others as they battle with their own injuries. (And I hope people will learn from my mistakes and go see a doctor as soon as possible!)
2017: The Calf Injury Odyssey (Calf Strain)
The Long Road to Recovery (Calf Strain)
Where Have I Been? (Calf Strain)
Hitting the Nuclear Option (Calf Strain – Autologous Blood Injection)
Phantom Pains Resolved (Stress Fracture)
100 Miles Healed (Stress Fracture)
Never Ending Frustrations (Stress Fracture)