Just go ahead and add this to the list of reasons it is awesome to be at my parents’ house.
TWO large bags of Frosted Mini Spooners in the pantry at all times.
This morning I gave Brooke her first present for her 19 days of birthday gifts that I am giving her as a countdown to her birthday. An elmo toothbrush and toothpaste because now that she has two teeth we have to start brushing.
Just the normal church/nap/read/spend every second possible with my family day.
PS Brooke no longer allows us to push her in the stroller. She does need to work on her steering a little bit.
I have had two femoral stress fractures followed by a lovely tibial one (caused by jumping back into running too quickly after my femoral stress fractures) a few years ago so I have experienced a runner’s ‘worst nightmare’ a few times and know them pretty well.
(Cheering at a race I was supposed to be running but my leg felt like it was about to fall off so I didn’t run it. Found out a few weeks later I had a stress fracture)
When I got my first stress fracture a few years ago I researched everything possible to help me better understand the situation and how to heal from them. There are a lot of great articles out there about runners and stress fractures but I got an email from Utah Running the other day about THIS one and I thought it was awesome. It was short and to the point and answered any questions that a runner may have when dealing with a stress fracture.
PS my goal in life is to never ever get one again because believe you me, they are not very much fun.
Basically stress fractures are tiny little cracks in your bone that are caused by overuse. AKA long distance running (along with a trillion other factors too) can definitely cause these and really the only treatment for this injury is rest! I had to take about 8 weeks off from running for the femoral ones and 6 weeks off for the tibial one.
Most common stress fractures: In the tibia and the feet!
I definitely remember thinking it was so strange that my stress fractures would hurt even when I was lying down and not using my leg at all. The other thing that really got me thinking I had a stress fracture before going to the doctors was the jump test. It didn’t hurt to jump up but when I landed it hurt really bad.
My stress fracture was finally diagnosed by an X-ray but they aren’t always detected there and you may need an MRI (which cost a lot of mula but are the best way to see if you have a stress fracture).
-I swam, did yoga, did some spin (after a few weeks of recovering and I took it really easy) and a lot of upper body strength training.
I thought the myths were really interesting because I feel like I have heard these things a lot.
So how can you prevent these silly little cracks in our bones? Be smart about increasing your weekly mileage and intensity!!! Don’t randomly throw in extra mileage or speed work when you have never done it before. Just slowly add it in. Also take care of your bone health!!! A lot of factors can affect your bone health especially if you are dealing with the female athlete triad.
PS runners that run more than 40 miles a week are THREE times more likely to be injured than those runners that run less than 40 miles a week. So be careful out there:)
Who has had a stress fracture before? Where? How long did it take you to recover?
How many miles a week do you run on average?
What color is your toothbrush? Random but I do want to know.
Best thing you ate all weekend!?!