5 weeks of NO running (or any exercise). The stress fracture feel significantly better, but can be tender at times.
I went to the doctor today for a follow up xray. It was still fuzzy, but this time the doctor said that was the calcification of the bone. I got the clearance to start to walk and to slowly incorporate running. Maybe by the end of the month I can start counting miles.
My current game plan (which can change quickly) is to start walking (15 minutes - 30 minutes - 45 minutes - 60 minutes) and to do weight-bearing PT exercises. DEPENDING on the pain level after this week (or maybe next week), I do a 60 minute walk with 9 minute walk - 1 minute run. IF that feels pain-free, then do 8 minute walk - 2 minute run. Etc.
My major dilemma is can I be ready for the Ogden marathon in time. I have 8 months to finish recovering and train for a marathon. So by January 13, I need to be at 10 miles for a long run (if I follow an 18 week training program). Am I trying to do too much too soon? Should I plan on doing a fall marathon (TOU or SGM) so I won't be rushed?? Decisions....decisions.....
My desire to run has returned and I'm ready to go. I just hope my body lets me!