So, I googled and googled and googled. The best answer that I could find on the internet was from the Google Scholarly Articles database: stress fractures in a 320 person study were diagnosed in an average of 12-14 weeks and the average recovery time was 11-12 weeks. So, assuming that I am average, and I can't count any recovery time pre-Thanksgiving because I likely re-injured myself by running too early that week, I'm looking at mid-February before any kind of return to running.
Add to that the 10% rule (no increasing mileage greater than 10% in any one week), and it will be mid-April before I can go even one mile. The PT lady and I will be discussing this at my next appointment. She's tabled any discussion of running, but I need to know what my limit will be, even if it is vague and may change for the worse. I'm also interested to see how quickly I'll be able to add mileage back. Clearly the Rock-and-Roll-Man HIM in May is now looking questionable, if not impossible.
After much whining in my BT logs about my physical therapy and how it sucks, I realized that I just need to get over my bad self. Yeah, so what if I can't run. Or bike. And can't kick when I swim. What difference does it make?
It means I have to actually moderate my food intake. Which sucks. The whole point of exercise is to be able to eat a handful of nuts or a cookie in the afternoon or beers with dinner. It also means that I feel removed from my triathlete/runner friends (and Doug) because they are all gearing up for their 2009 race seasons and running/biking/swimming together while I'm gearing up for another 40 minutes stretching with the exercise band.
But it's not the end of the world. It just means that I'll do more race volunteering in 2009 and maybe I won't take my running for granted again.
Oh yeah, the resolution. Sing along if you know the tune:
Ac-cen-tu-ate the POSITIVE and E-lim-i-nate the NEGATIVE
- 12 buddies doing the couch to 5K plan. I'm already getting emailed progress reports.
- Annika ran a whole mile with Doug last week
- I'm saving a lot of money on race fees and Gu
- Volunteering at races is a really a lot of fun
- The economy has to turn around sometime
- I'm getting to spend more time with the kids