I resumed running this week. My doctor suggested I start with just a mile and increase slowly so on Monday I did a mile on my treadmill. My shin felt absolutely fine after the run. Yesterday it was a gorgeous day so I took my run outside. It felt so good to be out in the sunshine running. I stuck to the one decent road in my neighborhood (the only one that’s been repaved in the past 23 years) and thus was able to avoid the pot-holes, patches, and crumbling asphalt that makes the running on the other roads like trail running. I felt great running and really didn’t want to stop at one mile, but I made myself stop anyway. I don’t want to over-do it. I went back to my house and got my dogs (and husband) to take them out for a short walk, just to get to spend more time out in the gorgeous weather. I think the walk may have been a mistake. My calves got very tight and there is some pain in my shin today. It’s not as bad as it was before I went to the doctor, and there’s no swelling. I’ll spend some time with the foam roller today before and after my bike ride and see how I feel. If necessary, I’ll move Friday’s run to the treadmill rather than pounding pavement again. I’m trying to balance my determination to get back to running with a suitable amount of caution to avoid injury. It is not easy, especially on beautiful spring days that beg me to get out and run!
I’m continuing to bike, using it for a cross-training activity. I signed up for the National Bike Challenge and have been logging my miles there. The one bright spot from the stress fracture scare is that I finally got that bike I’d been wanting for several years, and my husband has one now too so he can get out for some much-needed exercise! It’s a good reminder that there are always silver linings to be found.