So, the post I’ve been alluding to for a week now…
I have a stress fracture in my left foot. At least, I think I have a stress fracture in my left foot—I haven’t gone to have a X-ray because those are expensive and it might not even show up unless it’s really starting to heal. But that familiar, nagging, burning pain is ever present these days after vigorous, high-impact activity.
[[A little backstory—I’ve had one previous stress fracture (in my right foot) from running. It was brought on my increasing my mileage too fast. I did get that one checked out and was told to rest for 8 weeks. About 10 weeks later I was back to running.]]
I’m sidelined with a stress fracture for the next 6-8 weeks—6 if I caught it early enough—so, now what? Do I take it easy for the next month and a half and just be extra careful with my diet? NO! There are so many exercises out there that are already low-impact or can be modified to work as low-impact. Also, I can still walk, swim, bike, and do cardio machines and DVDs.
Getting to the gym isn’t very convenient for me right now. I’m committing to home work outs that keep my heart and metabolism pumpin’ but let my foot heal. I posted one of those earlier in the week: low-impact circuit. Every Monday I’ll to share a workout I’ve come up with for Monday Movement, so keep your eyes open for those. For the time being, they will be low-impact, but after my foot heals I will kick them up a notch to include more explosive and high-impact moves.
And yes, after healing, my foot will be back to running. I love it, even when my body doesn’t cooperate. However, the Detroit Free Press Marathon I’m registered for on October 21 isn’t looking too promising. There’s just no way I can let my body heal AND get my mileage up high enough to begin marathon training in mid-June. Another year, I hope.