I went to the doctor today for my shin. She found a couple pretty tender spots on my shin (as indicated by my yelling, “OW! Don’t push there!” as she checked things out) and her first reaction was, “There’s definitely something wrong there!”
She said her first instinct is either shin splints or a stress fracture. (Whoa… that was my first instinct, I didn’t know I had a medical degree!) She gave me orders to go over to the hospital next door to get x-rays, the results of which I don’t have yet.
But for now, the doctor’s orders are NO WEIGHT BEARING EXERCISE for two weeks. Ice, ibuprofen, elevating at the end of the day… fairly typical Rx.
She said, “You could get on a bike or in the pool, try some pool running if you really need to, but it wouldn’t hurt you to get a little bit of rest for these two weeks. You need to learn to relax a little more!”
When she said “pool or bike” I said, “Oh, so you want me to do a triathlon?”
She rolled her eyes at me and said, “Rest Jill, REST!” She then told me to come back in a couple weeks to re-evaluate.
It’s a little bit of a bummer, but truthfully… I’m okay with this. I’ll use the time that I would have spent running doing other things that are just for me. I’ll read a book or sleep. Both my husband and my mom said to me, “You’ll probably come back even stronger after this time off.” And I don’t even think they conspired with one another to come up with that statement.
So that’s where things are now. A stress fracture is still a possibility, which would suck. But I will deal with whatever comes my way, let myself heal and come back stronger than ever. This is just a reminder to me that I want to enjoy this sport for the rest of my life, thus I need to listen to my body and take care of myself.