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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

well well well....New MRI DIAGNOSIS.....

So, I got the REAL diagnosis today:)


This diagnosis makes A LOT more sense for the pain i've had.
I feel GOOD about this...I think this is the BEST possible out come I could have had.
1. it's NOT  a FRACTURE, thank goodness!! less healing time
2. it's bone.it will heal and I can move on.
3. it's NOT soft tissue...the damn tendon thing was stressing me out. i don't want to deal with LONG recovery time or PT etc.

I am so happy that I KNOW what's wrong. It's strange to feel so damn HAPPY about a stress reaction lol, but I do. I'm sure this will wear off.
I am waiting to hear from John exactly how many more weeks I have to take off...but I'm hoping it s no more than 4, since I've already been off for 16 days!

SOOOOOO....here 's is my rehab plan.
It's really important to me that I am able to maintain some fitness. last year I didn't do a lot during my fibula stress fracture and I felt like I was starting over after 2 mos off. This time I am going to pool jog like a champ!

I've heard lots of testimonials about how pool jogging can help you maintain a lot of fitness.....so here's my plan!

Pool jogging 5 days a week!!! YES, and you can hold me to it!

My only concern is that i've done  nothing for 16 days and Pete Pfitzinger says

Most of the benefits of training are reversible. Your cardiovascular fitness decreases measurably after 2-3 weeks without training. Studies have shown, however, that with reduced training you can maintain your fitness at almost the same level for several months. 

I think I have already lost most of my cardio fitness and I'm not sure if I can get it BACK? I know he says I can maintain but I should have been doing this 2wks ago in order for that to work. 

regardless...it's my ONLY hope at this point!
I want to race the Sauvie half marathon on July 4! I've missed it for 2 years and I'm not missing it again!

So here's the schedule!

wish me LUCK!


  1. Nicole, I am so glad to hear that things are going to work out for you! My heart sank when I heard that you were not running Boston but only because I knew how much you put into that race! Of course you will rock it next year! I am still rooting for you, you inspire me to get back on my game and I hope you know what an example you are! Love ya :0)

  2. Yeah!! Feels weird to be typing that but this is a step in the right direction :). Count on me once a week if wecan figure out how to make it work with our schedules. Maybe if we have some warm days in June we can do it in my pool :)

  3. Best of luck on your running in the water and healing up your stress fracture! I bet it does feel good to finally know what is going on and have a plan to go with.

    it has only been two weeks and you were in awesome shape so even if you only maintain where you are now you will be way ahead of where you were after your fibula stress fracture.

  4. Glad to hear you got some definite results. I think the pool jogging 5 days plan is great! Swimming laps, water jogging and elliptical worked for me when I was cross training last summer. The Sauvie Half plan sounds very realistic. Are there any fall marathons you are looking into?

  5. Considering the killer shape you were in to begin with, I'm sure you're fine. :) I will be thinking positive thoughts for you!

  6. I am happy to hear that you finally have some official results. At least now you know what exactly you are dealing with so that you can start to recover. I had to do pool workouts in college and I HATED them! You are much more determined then me so you will do great. Hopefully you will be back to running soon.

  7. I have been pool running on my easy and recovery days for the past 5-6 months and love it! It's so refreshing to me. I've never actually seen a schedule though. Cool! One of my teammates has blogged a lot about pool running...there may be some good nuggets of info in here for you.


  8. I gave you a shout out on my blog today. I want people to come over here and send you healing love!! You will get there!! Stay positive.


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