This week’s Team Tough Chik question is: What running rule(s) are you guilty of breaking???
How appropriate to have this question pop up in our forum this week considering I am out of commission for 6 weeks with a probable stress fracture as a direct result of breaking many rules of running 🙁
First off when I started training for the NYC 1/2 marathon in January I pretty much pushed myself too hard. I increased both my speed and mileage too fast leading to terrible shin splints which I continued to run on for about a week before resting….a major faux pas. I rested about 4 days, felt a little better and began to run again only to be sidelined once again by some serious shin splints…or so I thought at the time. I took another week off and ran a few short, slow runs that were painless but yesterday’s 4 miler pretty much put me out of commission.
I have talked to my doctor and a physical therapist I work plus with previous 1st hand knowledge of having stress fractures in the past I am 95% sure I have a stress fracture in my left tibia. I have opted not to see an orthopedist based on the fact that they will feel my shin and determine I have point tenderness (a sign of a stress fracture). Then they will take an x-ray which will most likely be inconclusive (most stress fractures don’t appear on x-rays until they begin to heal) and then they will send me for a radioactive bone scan which may or may not show the stress fracture. After all these tests I will return to the orthopedist who will tell me to rest for the next 6-8 weeks….I have decided to cut out the middle man and I will wait 6-8 weeks before I resume running. This is a personal decision that I have made based on the advice of medical professionals and my previous experience I do suggest if you have pain that you be seen by a medical professional.
Back to the running rules I have broken (but have been working on):
- Increasing my mileage too fast.
- Increasing my speed to fast.
- Not stretching or foam rolling.
- Not listening to my body.