So I have a stress fracture.
Well, really I have two, but only one is bad. The other one is really no big deal, so we are not worried about.
Basically, a few days after the race, all of the soreness went away, and I was just left with being tired and a sore spot on my shin. I slept and ate, and then slept some more. I slowly started doing some exercise, then and decided to rest. Then I would do a little more, and then rest.
But that spot on my shin was still there.
So I told my coach, and he told me to go to the Doctor.
So I figured initially that meant to check WebMd for a while, freak out, and hope that it went away.
Guess what? It didn't.
So, I called the Doctor, and he took and xray. Nothing, but from my webmd research, I know that doesn't mean much.
So then it was time for a bone scan.
In the hospital, the radiologist said, "do you are only having pain in your left leg." "Yes," was my response. He said, "well you have a stress fracture for sure in you left leg (tibia), but you also have a hot spot in your right leg (tibia)." Great.
Back to my doctor. After some discussion, he decided that the placement and the severity of the left one was the big deal, and needed to be treated more aggressively than the right one.
So here I am. 4 weeks in this awesome boot. Trying to make the best of it.
I know that plenty of people will have a variety of opinions about my stupid leg, but I mostly just need to try to look at the positives. I know that "it could be worse," and "you probably had it coming," and "good timing." I got all of that. Right now, I am just counting down the days.