My appointment at the ortho today couldn't have went any better! She said she doesn't see a stress fracture and the tendon doesn't have any tears. She did say there was noticeable inflammation but she doesn't feel like running will cause any further damage. My official diagnosis is peroneal tendonitis. Thanks Dr. Google for leading me in the right direction.
Obviously the more I run, the longer its going to take to heal. But, I am cleared to run! She did tell me that I should take it easy. She advised to listen to my body and not push too hard in St Louis. That means that I will most definitely not PR, but I am okay with that - I am just thankful that I won't have to walk the whole distance!
I have a 5k this weekend, I am going to try to treat it like a training run. I say try, because I often have a problem with pushing too hard when I race. I am really excited to run it because its at the college that I attended and its a memorial 5k for a former student who was a year behind me. I think it will be even harder for me to hold back because looking at past results, I could take 1st in my age group if I ran my normal 5k race time. I know its just an award, but who doesn't want to win something? lol
I do have to go get fitted for anti-supination orthodics next week. The doctor believes it will help prevent flair ups of this in the future. The injury is a result of over-stressing the peroneal tendon. Part of it is the running I have been doing, but part of it is that I naturally supinate - ALOT and it puts a huge stress on that tendon. Here's hoping that the orthodics help!
Thanks for everyone's well wishes as I dealt with this minor/temporary set back. Of course since I was cleared to run today I had to go out for a run tonight! I went out this evening after my hubby got home from work and ran 3.1 glorious miles. It felt so fantastic to get back out there. I wore my fancy new garmin - I still don't know much about how it works, but it says I ran 3.1 miles in 27:52 (a 8:59 per mile pace).
Reader Poll: If you were in my shoes, what would you do in regards to my half on the 23rd? I obviously know I won't be PRing, but what would your race strategy be?