I haven’t posted for a while now, so I thought I was a little overdue for some catch up. I won’t bore you to tears, but the highlights are this:
-After my last race (my March Half Marathon) I was hobbled for more than a week. My wife convinced me to finally go see the doctor again and as I suspected I had another stress fracture.
-During the course of the MRI workup I also learned that I have a benign tumor in my tibia that is about the size of a pea. This scared the crap out of me at first, but it turned out to simply be an incidental finding and not anything to really worry about.
-I was forced to sit on the sidelines for 14 weeks, and unlike the last time I had a stress fracture a few years ago, I had a nagging pain in my leg that lasted about 8-9 weeks into this recovery.
-My wife says that I was much more tolerable to live with during this injury. I chalk this up to my cross training (bike trainer in living room) and to simple fatigue from my grad studies. I moved out of the classroom phase and I am now doing clinicals in the OR and getting up at 4am (Yuck).
-Two weeks ago I started running again and I’ve been taking things very slow. I’ve purposely kept my pace 8:30 or slower. I wouldn’t say that I’m paranoid of getting injured again so much as I’m just trying to be smart.
During my off time I had a lot of time to consider why I suffered a second stress fracture in 3 year’s time. My nutrition was good. My training plan was gradual. My cross training was adequate. I think where I went wrong was my frequency of high intensity runs. I was racing 3-4 times per month, including multiple half marathons per month.
So, this year I’m keeping my eye on the prize and only racing once per month leading up to my Fall marathon. My schedule is this:
July 24 - BJ Williams 10K - Longmeadow, MA - I’m racing with some friends, including a few first timers who are doing the 5K. I’ll have the girls in the double stroller, so this should be a fun day.
August 15 - Falmouth Road Race - Falmouth, MA - Joining nearly 9,000 other runners to run this storied beautiful course with my best friend Justin. The 7+ mile course goes from village to village and follows the coastline and passes the lighthouse. Justin and I are running to raise money for a charity that develops technology for teachers, families, and children with autism (more to come on this).
Sept 19 - Warrior Dash Northeast - Windham, NY - Five families are trekking up to the Catskills to run this 3 1/2 mile trail race complete with 13 obstacles (mud crawl, river run, cargo net, fire jump, etc). This is one of those races more about having fun with your buds than seriously competing and I am looking forward to a weekend getaway very much.
Oct 17 - Amica Newport Marathon - Newport, RI - My Fall marathon. More on this later.
Anyway, I’m still alive, still running, and still loving life.