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in: broccolisa; broccolisa > 2017-11-04

Nov 5, 2017 7:05 PM # 
... sorry to hear about the leg. I've been there, and had to learn that one the hard way... over and over again... :) Most recently last winter. Thankfully for me, neither skiing or swimming aggravated it, so I was able to find something else to keep doing aerobically until I could ease back into the weight bearing exercise. I hope it heals up, and we see you running soon!
Nov 6, 2017 1:26 AM # 
Yikes, do you mean you've had an actual stress fracture? Or other types of running injuries? Either way, not fun!

I think/hope my source of pain was just some minor one-day thing, but the way it didn't feel muscle-based made me a little worried, so on to Dr. Google to see what kind of running injuries there are... where I learned about the delights of stress fractures. So, took a little time off, just in case. Felt fine yesterday as well as during a short run today, so, fingers crossed.
Nov 6, 2017 12:10 PM # 
Also sorry to hear about the "hurts" (a safer word to use than injury) If it felt fine after rest its probably good to go...there are some more tell tale sign of a stress fracture we can talk about on Wednesday if you are able to come out (you'll do something modified of course)...Running on soft surfaces / cross training as Sheldon suggests is usually the best remedy
My "hurt" this fall I thought at one time I felt was a stress fracture...had them before so I know the signs...slowing down/stopping/observing is in my opinion as valid as calling a doctor/waiting/appointment/waiting/testing/wating/action...which will probably also mean waiting....I'm still asssesing
Don't get too hung up on the 10% rule ...its a good rule of thumb but there's a lot of variability here that is not often discussed
There are some people who are just masters at catching hurts and just the right time...moderating activity and coming right back...aka learning about your body...

As you both say...fingers crossed and hope to see you soon
Nov 6, 2017 12:17 PM # 
I would call last winter more of a stress reaction (a pre-stress fracture)- but it was close. One or two more hard workouts and I think it would have been a stress fracture. I took 10 days of complete rest, and then another 20 of cross training before I did a short run. Then eased back into running and was fine after.
Francis is right - the key is reading those little 'hurts' and figuring out the ones to worry about, and how to throttle back training to give yourself the time to recover from hard workouts.
Nov 7, 2017 2:31 AM # 
Thanks both, excellent advice. Being “not young anymore” makes it tricky to figure out what’s just normal older-body par for the course versus things that could be more serious. Anyway, I will have more questions for you both about your experiences next time I see you, if you don't mind :) Thanks again.

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