It’s been six weeks since I developed a fibular stress fracture. That's six weeks since I’ve been able to run. Being patient is difficult – I thought I’d be well back into the running gear by now.
On the other hand, I’ve learnt a heckuva lot about stress fractures and how common they are in any bouts of excessive sport. And what I can do to help recovery. And how long they take to heal.
Though the best thing to come out of this is that I found the most amazing physiotherapist. I honestly cannot rate Kevin Hall highly enough. This is someone who’s on his way to a PhD, who is a sportsperson himself (impressively, a triathlete) and who is one of the most well-read and knowledgeable people I’ve encountered on all things clinical and running-related.
One of the interesting things I learnt from Kevin is that it actually takes the bones two to three years to be marathon-ready and that first year runner’s injuries are highly common as the body attempts to adapt. The bones apparently restructure themselves by getting rid of a bit in order to rebuild themselves. Not too dissimilar to remodelling a house. Which of course is all good except the marathon I’m supposed to be running in is only five months away.
In any case, am hopeful I'll be in good form soon. In the words of Aesop, 'slow and steady wins the race'.