About a year ago, I was finally and formally diagnosed with a stress fracture.
It's hard to believe it's been only a year as I honestly thought it had been longer. It's been quite a summer. Relays, trail runs and races, a return to the track recently and some fun running related travel coming up soon.
What have I learned?
Trust myself. I knew something was wrong with my shoes, orthotics and feet for a while.
Keep strong. I've been very consistent with weight training and core work and I feel very good about that. It makes me feel so much younger.
Yoga and massage. I do almost daily easy yoga of just a few minutes each day. It helps in so many ways. I really notice when I skip it because I'm too busy. Just a few minutes is all it takes. And a little easy self massage does wonders although I'll never say no to a painful and ever so useful massage with Surfer Dude Massage Therapist (now with adorable baby I can play with before a massage!).
Less is more. This applies to shoes (lighter and no stability for me now!) and to mileage. When in doubt, cut a run short and there is nothing wrong with a bike ride instead.
More boston pics are coming! We've been really busy trying to finish exterior window trim painting before the weather changes...