I have NOT been blogging. Why? Well, I have NOT been running? Why? Because my "shin area" still hurts. It is sore just wearing my running shoes. It is NOT sore when barefoot. Why? I have NO IDEA!
I went to the Ortho Doc last Wednesday. I really like him because he is a SPORTS Doctor... meaning, he isn't just going to say rest unless he really means it. He understands that as athletes, we want to get back into the "game". He was the doctor who told me after my knee surgery (had my ACL replaced and meniscus repaired back in June of 2008) that I "had to get the weight off". Some might balk at his boldness, but sometimes, tough love is just what the doctor ordered.
On Wednesday, I talked with the doctor. He was pleased with my weight loss but then was concerned about what I was describing in my shin area. He ordered an x-ray which is conveniently in his office. The x-ray did not show anything obvious and he then ordered more: REST.
He asked me to rest until Wednesday (7 days from his first seeing me) and if it was still hurting, we would then get an MRI to get a better image. He said that on Monday or Tuesday to run slowly and see if the pain was still there.
Since I am not the best patient in the world, I figured that yesterday, Sunday, was really 7 days since I had been resting and decided to test my leg. I got dressed in my regular running clothes... even sported the treadmill running shirt that I gaveaway a little while ago. I headed to my friend's house to use her treadmill.... and decided to run for only a mile... and to run slow!
Total mileage: 1.01
Time Elapsed: 15:13 (I told you... I ran very slowly)
Results: It STILL hurt. It was not as intense as before, but it was definitely present. It started subtle and then by the end was constant and in the same area. As I went up her stairs (her treadmill is in her basement), the pain increased. Upon reaching the top, I examined my leg and the red puffing swelling (as pictured previously) returned. UGH!
My friend allowed me to vent a little while I iced it. She was very encouraging... but I still was disappointed.
So I wait. And I pray. At this point, I just want to know what is causing the pain. I will deal with the results of the answer later. I am slightly concerned that only the shin area was imaged... since the pain does go to the top of my foot.... but one thing at a time, right?
As I read your blogs and try not to comment negatively since I am jealous of your long runs and races, I cannot help to think what the pavement would feel like right now. Fall is finally here and after suffering through our hot summer... I cannot run... yet.
On a positive note: the Parks 1/2 Marathon was yesterday. This was the race that Bob was training for and I was his running partner for. I was not able to run with him, but I went to the 5 mile mark and cheered him on. His family was at the finish line. I gave him my Garmin to use... and he did AWESOME! He did the 3 minutes run/45 second walk for about 10 miles and total time was 2:17. I was so proud of him and his splits were SPECTACULAR!!!! I cried when I saw my friends running by... wishing I was with them. Bob picked up my race packet for me... but I feel like a fraud if I wear the shirt.
I am down... and I will be happy again soon.... and to bring you back... I gotta a giveaway coming up from a FAMOUS blogger who was started herself a little business that has really rocked my world.