Today’s Run: 0 miles <– sad! 😦


Well, I’ve made the difficult decision to voluntarily sideline myself from running temporarily. After a particularly hilly 6 mile run, I may have pushed myself just a lil bit too far. I can’t self-diagnose myself, but my symptoms closely resemble a stress reaction or stress fracture.

(sounds of DOOM!)

Thankfully the pain is mild, and I would like to keep it that way. I can walk and jump relatively pain-free (soo I should be able to jump for 26.2 miles??)-just not run comfortably. The biggest indicator of injury, though, is a sharp pain I can feel when I push on a specific point on my left tibia. Something is not right. And so, for now, instead of aggravating the injury further I’m going to take this seriously and R.I.C.E.

I’m going to see a sports therapist, but from what I gather 6 weeks is about how long it takes to heal a bone (if this is indeed a stress fracture or the like). 6 weeks of no running. Which also means starting over with a very low baseline of miles. Having run almost every single week for a year and a half, this sounds completely not fun. This also interferes with my fall race schedule. Kauai Half Marathon + Portland Marathon=OUT.

Initially I felt very sorry for myself. But truthfully, I’ve already almost finished one week of rest..time flies! And it could be a lot worse. My condition feels relatively mild and I ceased my activity immediately to avoid further complications.

Looking toward the future…

Hawaii=Plane tickets bought; I’m still going on vacation! No 1/2 Marathon to run? More pina coladas!

Nike Women’s Marathon= It’s “only” the half and I will crawl to the end for that necklace

The North Face EC 1/2=If all goes well, I could be ready and strong again by this time.

Delay my full marathon until early 2014; more time to train and be stronger than I would by Oct 6 in Portland=better finish time??

My boyfriend, who is a mixed martial artist and has had to deal with his fair share of injuries, passed on some advice to me: when you can’t exercise your body, exercise your mind. Now is the time to catch up on all of those books I’ve been neglecting, blog posts I’ve wanted to write (Re-watch episodes of Pretty Little Liars for clues…eep did I just admit that?) I can and will also cross-train and strength train, with caution.

Athletes get injured. I can learn from this and make improvements in how I train. So, for awhile this blog may be more like BayCrossTraining Jamie, or BayHealing Jamie, but injury is a very real concern of a runner’s life. Writing may just help keep me sane too 🙂



15 thoughts on “Sidelined

  1. I had a broken metatarsal last year, and ran through it in several races that I had alreadypaid for, iincluding a few half marathons. It was painful, and not as much fun as it should have been. Plus it took longer to heal because I didn’t rest it. Take the time to recover, it will pay dividends later. Speedy healing to you!

    • Thank you for sharing your story with me! As soon as I realized there was a problem, I stopped running immediately. I would much rather be out now and miss a couple of races, rather than delay the inevitable and potentially make the problem worse! It gives me hope that so many people, such as yourself, have been able to make a strong recovery!

  2. I had to pull out of the Brighton Marathon in 2011. A pain in my shin wouldn’t go away. After about a year I thought I should get it checked out. It turned out I had a pretty bad stress fracture in my tibia (the therapist was in wonder how I had kept running on it for so long) and was 8 weeks out. So instead of running a marathon, I swam one. I know it’s a complete bummer, but if you’re someone who loves exercise, there’s still plenty of other stuff to do. I did swimming and rowing and you find muscles you never thought you had while you were running. So be positive and get healthy… and STAY FIT! Happy recovery!
    Thanks for coming to read M&MRC!

    • Thank you for the positive words! I began running because I love being active, and I know there are many options besides running. I’ve already been looking at a few different unique health clubs in my area that have sparked my interest, so for the meantime it’s time to explore some new activities!

  3. I’m sorry about your injury, but you’re definitely doing the right thing!!! I injured my ankle in 2011 and kept running on it for almost 6 months before I could barely walk and finally went to the MD… it then took over a year to heal, and has actually never fully recovered 😦 I’m back at square one now, trying to build my mileage slowly. It was certainly a bad decision on my part, not listening to my body when the injury first happened.

    • I was able to run 10 miles the other day with little problem, so I can see the temptation to keep going! It was the day after that longer run that I realized the discomfort I was experiencing was far more severe than a muscle ache (like I had hoped!) It’s inspiring to read about your return to running; congratulations on not giving up!

  4. Ohhhh, noooo! Rest up, the time will pass very quickly. And your boyf is right- it’ll also distract you if you’re mind is busy!

    • Thank you for the support! I agree-he is exactly right. Running is practically a part-time job…I just need to be proactive and find other positive things to fill that time up, and who knows what else I will discover! 🙂

  5. How’s the recovery going? Sorry to hear about that. I like what your guy said about exercising the mind. It really is a good idea. I found I was so fearful after my injury, so keeping positive and learning is a good idea. But wanted to say that I like your blog. I’m starting to train again so it’s great to hear about others doing the same. I had to laugh though because I also have a weakness for wine and green tea is my coffee too. Take care!

    • Ha, sounds like we would get along well! Recovery is progressing, I’m just staying active in other ways to keep me from getting completely lazy. And reading, and writing and watching bad television shows 🙂 I’ve found that plenty of runners, such as yourself, have been in my same shoes in one way or another so it’s very comforting that soon enough I will be back in the game. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog! I’m looking forward to reading about your travels as well 🙂

  6. I had to go back and read your posts about your injury because right now I’m going through something similar to what I remembered you writing about. I’ve only run once in nearly three weeks and my right leg still hurts on the left side near my ankle. I’m seeing a sports medicine doctor tomorrow to hopefully get a diagnosis/plan of action. I scared myself by reading worst case scenarios online so I figured I’d rather pay him to tell me I’m fine and just need a little more rest than continue to worry on my own. Such a frustrating process when all I want to do is run!

    • Oh no, sorry to hear! It’s so good you are seeing a sports doctor immediately otherwise you will drive yourself crazy trying to self-diagnose. If it makes you feel better, the pain in my lower leg resembled stress fracture symptoms but turned out to be severe muscle soreness. I had to rest for a little while, and then take a step back in training when I finally returned but I’m 100% pain free in the same spot where I had convinced myself there was fracture. I can’t tell you what’s wrong with your leg, but try not to panic and know that whatever happens you will probably be able to run sooner than later as long as you take care of your leg. Good luck and keep me posted!!

      • Thanks, that makes me feel better. And I’m not training for anything now so I do have the time to let whatever this is heal. I’ll let you know what I find out!

      • Well, I do have a stress fracture. He was super clear about the diagnosis which actually makes me happy because now I can set aside time to heal and still be ready to train for my next half next year.

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