No running for at least two weeks.
It's weird- normally I would be totally devastated by this news, but I feel fine!
Perhaps it's because I don't have a race. Perhaps it's because I'm so relieved that I don't have a stress fracture and two weeks feels like nothing compared to 4 months. Perhaps it's because I have been feeling so sore and run down that having someone tell me that I have to take time off takes the pressure off of me- I don't feel like I'm just "wussing out".
Yesterday I had not only one, but two Physical Therapists working on me trying to get me back in running order. For TWO HOURS they shocked, poked, stretched, massaged and essentially attacked both IT bands, both shins (with extra attention on my left), both hips, my right hip flexor, and my knee caps.
In short- I'm a mess.
I plan on cross training on the elliptical some, but mostly I'm going to be doing lots and lots and lots of strength training. I'm going to definitely be a STRONGER runner when I get back at it.
I'm so glad I decided to go in. My body needed it. If you are feeling aches and pains that are nagging and concerning- don't ignore it. Go see a physical therapist. You won't regret it, promise.
(And this is coming from someone who doesn't like to spend a dime on anything- let alone seeing a doctor.).
After talking about my form and shoe options, my PT is encouraging me to go with minimalist shoes. I've had the New Balance 10's for awhile now and absolutely love them. In a few weeks I am going to transition to running solely in those. My form is better when I run in these, and until I learn to run correctly, I'm just going to continue to get injured in normal trainers.
Time for a new pair, though. I'm stoked on these:
If you couldn't run for two weeks, what would you spend your time doing instead?