How was the long weekend? We had a little kid free time Friday and Saturday (thanks to my parents) so we went into the city Friday night for dinner and a show. Saturday we made omelets and went hiking.
Having a quiet house is such a nice treat! The rest of the weekend was spent catching up with family, including lots and lots of cousins. We all came home simultaneously refreshed and exhausted!
Before we left, I was able to get a few more answers around the shin pain that has been coming and going for over a year. When I saw my PT on Friday, he determined that it’s an inflamed tendon.
I was initially relieved, as that sounds much better than any kind of bone stress. But when I asked if I should rest it for 1-2 weeks or more like 4-6 weeks, he said the longer the better.
Basically, I’ve been managing the pain all year by backing off for a day or two when I feel it and then running pain free again for a few weeks but it always comes back. The only way to get rid of it for good is to give it the longer time frame to fully heal.
It’s been a week so far, and I feel good and part of me is itching to run. The other part of me knows I need to be smart and patient and make sure the shin gets the full time to heal, so I’m shifting my focus to getting stronger and maintaining my cardio fitness with spinning and some walking.
Instead of going to boot camp once a week, I’m aiming for twice a week plus a Barre or Pilates workout.
At boot camp last week I got to try pike push ups- not a move I would have attempted a year ago!
We also have a ten day Europe trip coming up at the end of June, and it won’t be easy to run there either so if I wait the full 6 weeks, it will be early July just as we get back from our trip.
I know that’s the best decision, it’s just a bit frustrating. But many of you have been there! Any words of advice on how to pass the time and not go stir crazy? My body is already acting like I’m tapering but I guess it will figure it all out soon enough!
How long have you been off for injury? How did you maintain your fitness?
Any tips for passing the time?