A Fractured Update

It’s been awhile everyone. My running blog has taken a back seat because, well, there’s been no running to speak of. When I left you last we were almost sure I had a fracture but not positive. A few days later it was confirmed that I did indeed have a stress fracture in my sacrum.

The first two weeks were brutal. Mentally I didn’t allow myself to get upset or feel sorry for myself about the situation, wanting to roll with the punches and toughen myself up. Physically though, I was in bad pain. Did you know that crutches get annoying after the first hour?! Even still they were crucial to my recovery. Without them I could feel jolting pain in my lower right back constantly. Then just when I thought it would never get better, it got better. That was the first step. I started walking pain-free again and ditched the crutches. Now I have zero pain at all.

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Biking Sweat-Fest

Cross training began last week and I quickly decided against aqua-jogging and replaced those hours with all indoor bike sessions (and strength sessions). Some people swear by the pool running, but I can’t get my heart rate up and never felt as though I was getting a good workout in. Instead I felt like I was waving my limbs around for two hours in a lazy river. Relaxing? Sure. Workout? Not so much. On the indoor bike though, I get a great workout in and my heart rate is through the roof on “hard” days.

Earlier this week I went back to the same imaging center where I had my fracture scan to have my bone density checked. Honestly I would have been shocked if the results came back negative, but I was very nervous! I’ve always made it a point to eat the healthy stuff (along with my occasional junk) and I’ve never experienced any level of disordered eating or amenorrhea that might be a sign of weak bones, but sometimes that stuff means nothing at all. Luckily after scanning the results the nurse said “Your bone density is ALMOST perfect!” First time I’ve ever had anyone describe anything relating to me as almost perfect, so I’ll take it. I had told myself that if my bone density was bad I would give up Diet Coke forever. I, like the famous Hungry Runner Girl, LOVE Diet Coke. I don’t buy it to keep in the house but I always order when we are out, probably 3-4 times a month. Some girls get expensive lattes as a pick me up, I get WaWa 99 cent fountain soda. I’m classy like that. So basically when I got my results back I breathed a huge oh-thank-you-coca-cola-i-dont-have-to-give-you-up sigh of relief.

What’s up next for me? The Mr. gets home next week. I’ve seen him less than 10 days in all of 2014! We’ve planned a special mini-vacation with friends in South Beach. That will be my last Sacrum-Break-Run-Break before I can officially start training again. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid to start back up. I’m terrified that I’ll still ache. Running is a part of who I am, I love the run, and I miss it. I’m dying to get back to work. I feel like I have so much more to give. So keep your fingers crossed for me. I’ll try to update more often.

As for now I’ve been loving reading all your blogs and tweets about training. Wishing you all the best! For anyone who is interested, you can check out an interview I did with the wonderful Bedgear company HERE. I feel so grateful to have both Running, Etc. and Bedgear supporting me even when I am a little broken 😉 (In case it’s confusing, the interview was done before I suffered the fracture) Have a great weekend all!

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37 thoughts on “A Fractured Update

  1. So glad to hear your bone density is good and you’re not in pain any more! An injured runner is not a happy runner and I feel your pain! Having broken my ankle 20 years ago I know just what you mean about crutches! They are miserable. But you are bring do smart in giving your body the healing time it needs. I swear by the indoor bike and was on it almost daily during my last injury. Still ride 3 times a week for Tri training – great opportunity to watch a movie. I never liked the aqua jogging either – that’s why I started swimming and became a triathlete! Anyway, enjoy the mini vacation and I’ll be looking forward to hearing about your comeback!!!

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    • Thank you so much Alison! Well the indoor bike is certainly working well for you! You are right about the movie. I’ve caught up on so many shows. I may miss that when I’m back out on the roads 😉

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  2. So glad to hear that you are healing well and will return to your both loves (hubby and running) soon! I am a military wife as well and know how it is to be away from him for awhile and even worse when your other love, running is not an option either. YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! Can’t wait to read about your training and vacation recap : )

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    • You have it exactly right! I was supposed to be spending the time my husband is away soaked in training. Taking that second love away from me has been a heartbreaker. Military wives can do hard things! Thanks for the support!!

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  3. I’m glad your bone density is good (I probably need mine checked as a precaution, as my mom has osteo, so thanks for the reminder here) and that you don’t have to give up Diet Coke- which I’ll admit is an awesome pick me up! I’m glad you’re able to get back in the gym and cross train too, although I know nothing really replaces running. Plus, it’s awesome you get to spend some quality time with the husband and have a mini-vacation, can’t wait to read about it and for you to get back to your training!

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  4. I’m really glad to hear that you are doing well with recovery. This situation sucks on any level but it’s good to hear your bone density is where it should be and awesome. My biggest fear after my bone ripped from my muscle was really bone density from caffeine too but my results came back as yours. You will be truly amazed how much the cross training keeps your base for running.

    I know you are going to come back stronger and have fun on your vacation Kris. You deserve that.

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  5. So glad to hear things are progressing well Kris! You will come back strong and no worries just be smart about your initial miles back on the ground which I know you will be. Enjoy the vacation!

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  6. Good news! Happy you’re improving rapidly. Your already good diet and bone health probably sped that recovery way up. I agree with you about pool running – how, how, how are people able to rely on that alone?! I did it for about a month with my femur fracture, but it always seemed like I couldn’t get fatigued at all. Maybe we’re doing it wrong!

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  7. I feel the same way about pool running and choose spinning as well as a cross training tool. I swear by it! I’ve also used the Alter-G antigravity treadmill to ease back into training, it’s a life saver. Hope things keep mending fast and you are back to running as soon a possible.

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  8. if there is one cross training i cannot do it is pool running. just.cannot.do it. so i’m with you there. i had a bone density scare a few years ago, and so glad yours is normal! You are going to come back so strong, Kris. Keep up the work on the bike, and let yourself be sad at times if you need to. It’s not an everyday thing someone gets a fracture, so that can be saddening at times. normal! you’re doing great though. can’t wait to hear about your comeback.

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  9. What a big sigh of relief that your bone density is so great! I get the yearly scan through my insurance, and like you, I always hold my breath. I’ve never even had a stress fracture or disordered eating or anything like that, but I know it can plague even the most careful runners.

    I know you’re missing running. It really stinks. Keep your head up and focus on time w/ you hubby. I know you’ll come back stronger than ever.

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  10. Hang in there, Kris! Glad the hubs is coming back and you’ll get a mini-vacation with him! I am sure it has been very hard to be single-parenting without your normal training to help keep you sane. I’m with you on the aqua-jog – I like the bike a heck of a lot better. I’ve had a stress fracture before (2 actually) and one of the things that kept me going during the recovery process was knowing that the bone will heal and become stronger. Someone told me that once the fracture heals, that particular spot becomes stronger than the rest of the bone. I am not positive it’s true, but I am going with the assumption that it is – especially since it made me feel better as I was doing my millionth workout on the bike. 🙂 You’ll be back out there soon and stronger than ever!!

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  11. Hi Kris! I’m a runner as well (AND my name is Kris too!), currently struggling with a possible fibular stress fracture. Swimming has been my main form of cross-training (I’ve been basically living in the pool for the past four weeks!) but I would like to add in some biking, if I can. I was just wondering–do you have actual workouts for the stationary bike, or do you just ride? I do a fair bit of biking out on the roads, but I’ve never felt like I got in a really good workout on the stationary bike. Any advice you can give me would be really helpful!

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