Posted: 04/05/2016 at 18:29
lowrez: belated congrats on the towpath run and the report!
Update on my stress fracture: much to my surprise I have found an orthopaedic surgeon in the NHS who appears to understand that people who get stress fractures from running (as an overuse injury, not due to osteoporosis) are also people who find it very hard to stop running for a period of some weeks. However, I have agreed to do so. I am off the crutches, allowed to walk ("not long distances") and to swim ("not 300 lengths of the pool!") immediately (any stroke so long as it doesn't hurt), with stationary cycling allowed in a couple of weeks starting at low-resistance and short-time (and again, so long as it doesn't hurt). I asked for physio and he said he'll organise that - mainly I think because he realised I'd go to a physio anyway if he didn't organise it and this way he has some control - he says that physios tend to push people and he'll be giving instructions to start me gently.
He also warned me that the people with stress fractures who take longest to get back to running are the ones that won't accept the initial non-running phase of treatment - apparently he has someone at the moment who is still having pain nine months on. Bone takes a certain length of time to heal and there's not much that can be done about that.
So, I'll probably come to SA and collect my Champion Chip from the expo, and meet everyone and and not bring my running gear so I can't be tempted to make a last-minute decision to run anyway...