Saturday, November 19, 2016

Two Years Post Stress Fracture

Dear Stress Fracture,

Two years ago today I got the diagnosis. I'm not going to lie, it was a shock. I thought you were just tendinitis. Every since that moment my running has been changed. In about three weeks time I went from a massive high of a marathon PR to broken.

I remember it vividly. I got asked about ten times if I was a dancer. The x-ray tech didn't say much when the pictures were done. I sat in the room for almost a half hour alone waiting for the doctor. Twitter helped to calm me down.

The doctor didn't waste any time. Got right down to business. Did an incredibly painful test on my foot and one on my ankle, to prove I was wrong and not tendinitis, and we were officially a match. The x-ray even showed it. Yep, you were pretty clear.

For about a month we got to know each other. You me and the boot. We ate, slept and went to work together. The boot only left us to drive and shower. We got super close. Remember the time all three of us tried to do yoga and almost crushed the cat? Yeah, that was fun.

We got our MRI three weeks later to see our progress. Luckily we could lose the boot a week later. From that we had some nerve damage. We would be together for another two weeks, when the feeling in my toes came back. Our relationship lasted for six week, six very long weeks.

They say you never really heal from a stress fracture, and I would believe them. When it rains, you hurt. If I wear flip flops, you hurt. For a year and a half I couldn't wear full compression socks on my left foot. Yet here we are, two years later, and I need to thank you.

Thank you for forcing me to listen to my body. I know I am injury prone but being stuck in a boot was terrible and I never want that to happen again. You taught me to train correctly and to make smart decisions. Even after you flared up earlier this year, I knew what to look for and how to attack it.

The thing I want to thank you the most for is showing me how strong I really am. I ran a marathon six weeks after I was cleared from you. It was terrible and amazing all at the same time. Actually, since our first meeting I've done 11 half marathons and two full marathons.

Don't worry, I will never forget you or our friend boot. I promise to celebrate how far I have come every year on our anniversary.

Love, Steff.


  1. Stress fractures are the worst! Happy for you to be recovered! And way to go for powering through all of those races!!

  2. What a positive post! Great job learning from such an injury and continuing to run. :)

  3. That's a great reminder Steff! I had a medical procedure one Tuesday that I had been putting off. Putting things off only makes them worse!

    1. Thanks Dodie. It's time for us to get back on track!

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