this morning i went to see dr. brinton (thanks kelli). it only took about 10 seconds of him prodding my leg (and me squirming and flinching) before he said "let's get you an x-ray. it's a stress fracture." five minutes after that i was looking at a lovely picture of my broken leg. and five minutes after that i was being instructed on how to use crutches. in sum, i am out for at least 4 weeks and possibly 8 weeks. 2 weeks on crutches so i can give my leg a chance to heal without any further interruption.
all of this news came so fast -- i didn't think it was real that someone was training me on how to use crutches and that i would actually have to use them. i am pretty down about this right now, but i knew this was coming. i guess i'll find another hobby for two months -- maybe a cankle model.
i bought a bike yesterday, as i know my motivation to cross train is just not going to last if i can't get outside. today was a test ride. i rode a few laps around liberty park while james ran along on the wood chips. then i headed to sugarhouse and rode around the neighborhoods for a bit. it was about 12 miles all told.
the plan for the next month is to spend my mornings riding up and down the canyons -- i think i should be able to maintain at least some fitness through these rides, but we'll see. i know it's foolish, but i haven't ruled out des news just yet. the thought of that is what will keep me sane, even if i know it isn't a reasonable thing to do. i will have to see what the doctor says in 4 weeks. maybe, just maybe...
90 minute bike ride around SLC. started at liberty park, climbed up sunnyside to the zoo, turned onto wasatch drive, went down into sugarhouse, rode around the millcreek area forever, then headed back to liberty park via highland drive. it wasn't the most scenic route ever, and it wasn't terribly fast, but i am still getting a feel for what i can do (i'm not good at it and i don't have a cool speed suit). i know the key to maintaining fitness will be hills, hills, hills. the plan is to ride 90 minutes or more in the mornings, with longer rides on the weekends. on the days that i get done with work at a reasonable hour, i will either pool run or cross train for 30-60 minutes and lift weights. hopefully i can manage 3 x a week for PM workouts.
90 minute bike ride up city creek canyon. the bulk of the workout occurred while i was trying to get to the canyon via the steep hills in the avenues. i was breathing so hard and riding so slowly. when i finally made it to the canyon it was a great ride and a beautiful morning.
i didn't have much time this morning, so i spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and then lifted weights (the ones that i can -- some of them i can't do because it hurts my leg. and that's counterproductive). i also did plank, back extension, bridging and a few other random core exercises.
PM - 40 minute bike ride after work. i became frustrated with this whole injury thing after spending all day limping around at work (it's impossible to use my crutches there). i sort of fell into self-pity mode. i am trying to stay positive, but there have been a few waves of negativity, and i am sure there will be more. i decided i would fight it off with a bike ride. it really helped me to feel better -- just needed some time to think. despite the storm that blew through earlier, the evening was really nice, and the sunset was awesome. june is the best month.
60 minutes on the elliptical. drat! i don't like it. weights and core.
heading to provo this afternoon for the UV races tomorrow. it looks like the weather will be perfect for curbside cheering and pirate limping. really though, i am very excited to see how these races unfold -- both the half and the full are loaded with talent, and i think there are a lot of runners out there who are ready for some big PRs. best of luck to everyone running.
AM - this morning i tried my hand at capturing the UV races via my new flip camera. i had a lot of fun with it, but i am definitely not very good at it. below is what i pieced together from both the half marathon and the full marathon. i tried to get as many finishers possible, but admittedly i missed a few here and there because the finish line was just too darn exciting and i kept losing focus on my task at hand. i was able to get the finishers from 1:05 - 1:30 of the half, and 2:19 - 3:15 (carina!) in the full. it was a great day today -- unbelievable times and strong races all around.
PM - 2 hour bike ride. city creek canyon. my leg is feeling good and i am no longer using the crutches. yay...
quick bike ride this morning. 45 minutes hard effort -- tried to keep my HR in the 10k zone as much as possible. my quads were burning afterward and it felt great.
i'm finally starting to see feel progress with my leg. i was frustrated last week because i felt like nothing was improving, and i actually feared things were getting worse. i have been feeling better and better these past couple of days, and i hope it continues in the right direction. i am walking (almost) normally now, and it no longer hurts to press on my leg (after 5 weeks of extreme tenderness). the hardest part now is to not get too excited or "test" anything too soon. ah, patience...
this morning i biked up to the u of u fieldhouse for a workout. i found an indoor machine that i think i can enjoy, at least for a couple of weeks -- the efx crosstrainer. it's the elliptical with stationary handles, but it also has the adjustable pedal track so you can change the incline. i pumped my arms in a running motion and it was as close to the real thing as i could get. much more interesting to me than the regular elliptical. i did that for 45 minutes with varying inclines and resistance levels. i also used the stair climber for 10 minutes and it killed me.
weights and core. biked home. 2 hours total for the workout.
this morning i went in for a follow-up on my leg and received some great news. apparently i am forming some nice bone callous (i couldn't see anything on the x-ray but the doc has a keen eye). my fracture has been labeled as "low risk" so he put me on what he called the aggressive rehabilitation program -- he prescribed an air cast that will allow me to start running by monday. it will only be for 400 meters at a time, but it will still be running. i will have to follow a 400m run/walk plan for one week, and then progress from there to 500/300, 600/200, 700/100, etc. i can only run every other day, so i am not completely free from cross training just yet. i also have to do daily strength training with heel/toe walking and squats, and eat giant vats of greek yogurt.
it has been 16 days since my last run, which is my longest break since i started running consistently in 2003. i have been pretty lucky up to this point, and i realize now how much i have taken my health for granted over these past few years.
i am glad to have something to look forward to next week. at the risk of sounding like a downer, i have been pretty down the past few weeks. but everyone on this blog has really helped me to stay positive and keep things in perspective, and i thank you all for that.
60 minutes on the elliptical. 10 x 1-2 minute intervals -- all-out speed on max incline and resistance. it was terrible, but it worked up a great sweat and i actually started to enjoy the terribleness toward the end.
weights, plank, bridging, fire hydrant, heel/toe walking, stretching, one pull-up.
10x2 minutes running/2 minutes walking around liberty park in my air cast. i had some general tightness and minor twinges in my leg, but no significant pain. i felt better and better with each 2 minute set as i slowly worked the kinks out. the cross training will have to continue on a daily basis until i can run for an extended period of time, but the small amount of running added in is at least something to snack on until i can get back into full training mode.
50 minute bike ride up through the avenues and around the state capitol. i don't have time for extended morning rides this week, so i'll have to bike twice a day. i'm thinking i should just bike to work the rest of this week -- that would be the most efficient thing to do.
PM: 15 minute run/walk around liberty park. didn't feel great, so i stopped early (just following the rules).
this morning i biked up to the university of utah and ran around the campus for 20 minutes. my leg much felt better than yesterday, which makes me think i need to bike for 20-30 minutes before i attempt to run. after my short jaunt i went to the field house and lifted weights. biked home. 85 minutes total.
3.5 miles. grass loops at liberty park. i broke this run up into 10 minute segments, stopping for 1-2 minutes between each one to walk and stretch out my leg. i took my air cast off after the first 10 minutes and ran the last 20 wearing just a compression sleeve. over the next two weeks i will gradually decrease the amount of time i run with the cast, as long as everything feels good.
after my run i went to the field house at the U for weights and core. then i went on a 60 minute bike ride to sugarhouse park. i was low on energy so the ride was pretty lethargic and uneventful. go marlins!
AM - 2 hour bike ride. i started at liberty park and rode through sugarhouse. i then wound my way up through the neighborhoods in millcreek until i reached wasatch blvd. i stopped at the water wheel park and was happy to see that the drinking fountain was alive and well (i.e. generously giving out cold water again). continuing on, i followed the wasatch bike route to foothill, then rode along wasatch drive and down to the zoo (des news in reverse). from there, i coasted down sunnyside and looped back home. it was a very nice ride and the weather was great -- 90 degrees and 14% humidity -- exactly what i look for in a utah summer.
AM - 3 miles around liberty park. continuous run. my leg felt quite sore on monday evening, so i decided to rest from running yesterday and just bike (it seems to really help my leg). everything felt good again this morning, but i am still not quite there -- i would say i feel about 85% right now. i am thinking i will be able to get up to 4 miles by the weekend. 4 miles!
85 minute bike ride -- city creek canyon. i wasn't expecting it to be open to cyclists this morning, but fortunately the forest ranger and the giant stop sign hadn't made it in to work yet. riding uphill is still very hard for me but it does seem to be getting easier...
after that i went to the doctor for what will hopefully be my final follow-up appointment. i returned my rental crutches (yay...) and looked at yet another x-ray of my leg. he saw more bone callus than before, which had formed on top of the original and was spread over a larger area. he said that this was a great sign and cleared me to run with just a compression sleeve -- no more air cast. this is good because the cast was getting all gross and dingy with mud and wood chip dust.