Injury Week 3: Hashtag So much Improvement

I have nothing bad to say about my recovery this week.  In fact I’m really recovering well and saw the most improvement out of all three weeks.  I was all over the place (and all over Jersey) this week as well.   Most importantly, I continued to stay stress free with regards to my injury.

I don’t even know where to begin but here it goes.  On Monday, I had a doctor’s appointment to see where I was at with recovery.  My hopes were that the little stress fracture would show up on the X-ray.  When a stress fracture shows up, it means it’s healing.  Luckily for me, it showed up and my doctor told me I was healing very appropriately.  I am healing right on the timeline he predicted. While it stinks to cut out my marathon, it isn’t the worst stress fracture (or injury) and I’m healing well. I don’t have a lot to complain about.  If everything continues to run (pun intended) smoothly, I am allowed to run 1 mile on September 22nd

I was more than excited for all of this news!  Since Monday, this entire week has flown by.  With the Oiselle meetup in NYC and catching up on sleep, I haven’t had time to think about my injury until now.  I have realized I haven’t been in much pain (if any pain).  I don’t even feel my foot hurting anymore.  I guess I don’t feel it hurting anymore because it doesn’t hurt.

I’m at that critical part of recovery where everything feels great and I want to just “test the waters” or “go run a mile and see how it goes” but I know that would be dumb.  I will continue to wait the appropriate amount of time.   This is the true test of mental toughness (I don’t plan to run at all).

Workouts for the week:

Monday: 20 minutes elliptical, 1 hour swimming
Tuesday: 30 minutes elliptical
Wednesday: OFF
Thursday: 45 minutes elliptical
Friday: 1 hour elliptical
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: 1 hour swimming


All in all I felt great for each workout.  Nothing brought me any pain. My biggest worry was the elliptical might irritate it, but it didn’t.  I didn’t do anything streneous or intense but it was nice to get a sweat in.

Recovery Week 4 Plans:

I want to start a consistant training schedule.  In order to prepare for running again, I want to get a consistent week of cross training in.  I don’t plan to do anything intense but do plan to do some workouts and machines that will better help my running.

Questions for you:

What was your favorite workout this week?

What is your favorite cross training?

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  1. It’s so great to hear that you’re healing accordingly! Your recovery will be done before you know it.
    My favorite cross-training activity is spinning. It’s really helping me strengthen my upper legs, and it’s a great way to wake up in the mornings!

  2. My favorite workout was my bike ride yesterday to Melrose and back.

    My favorite cross training is biking. Elliptical is my second favorite.

  3. What is your injury? 🙂 I agree re: the “wanting to run a mile but that’s dumb”…it is dumb, so don’t do it! Take it from someone who has “been there, done that”. I had a pelvic stress fracture about 2.5 years ago. 2 months after injury, I was still experiencing pain but really wanted to run and thought “10 mins. can’t hurt it too bad”…it was paining from the start and I only last 8 (forced) minutes. I’m a physio and I can say (from experience & knowledge) that “just” trying a mile can set your recovery back by at least a month. (*and yes, I knew I was testing it too early and I needed at least 3 mo’s recovery, but I didn’t have a good sports doc @ the time who specified exactly and the power of google made me believe 6 wks could be enough…NOT TRUE!).

    By the way, I’m super fascinated by your Oiselle affiliation and would love to know more if you could email me or vice versa? 🙂 Thanks!

    1. I appreciate your advice Jen and I’m being very carefully monitored by my doctor. :-). I would like to think I’ve been very careful with recovering from this injury, not putting myself in jeopardy of rebreaking the bone.

      I sent you an email as well. 🙂

  4. glad to hear you’re healing and not feeling as much pain! resist the urge to “try out a mile”!

    favorite workout this week: probably the long run I just finished. it was crazy hilly and I’m pretty sure I complained in my head to myself the whole way but I’m so glad I did it.

    favorite cross training: pickle eating competitions.

    1. Pickles!! My housemate in college hated them…somehow this translated into my life as well. Ha ha, so random!

  5. My favorite workout this week was ellipticalling while reading a book I really enjoyed HA! I was having arch/foot pain all week so I decided to not run even though this morning I was ITCHING to get out there (it didn’t hurt), but I decided to give it one more day of no soreness. Ahh, the things we learn through injuries.

    I’m glad to see the only waters you have been testing are the indoor variety with floaties and goggles :o)

  6. I’m so impressed with your attitude toward recovery. It seems a lot of runners let themselves go to a really negative place when recovering from an injury (especially a stress fracture) and I think that your positive attitude and stress-free approach to recovery is probably really helping the process along! Best wishes 🙂

  7. Glad to hear that you’re recovering well, Hollie! And I’m betting a lot of that has to do with the fact that you’re being so smart about your injury… and so positive, too. I’ve definitely “tested the waters” before it was time, and ended up only making things worse in the long run 😡

  8. I’m so glad to hear you’re recovering well. You had a very consistent week of cross training, too. BTW, my favorite cross training is BodyPump, which I still do, and I spin sometimes but I like BodyPump more. Spin is a good form of cross training for runners and was great this summer with being injured and also the heat. It’s supposed to rain a LOT this week so I may substitute a run for spin. You had a really busy week with the Oiselle fashion show and travelling and going to diners, so I’m glad you have a lot going on to take your mind off the injury as it heals!

  9. What a process it is to heal from an injury like this! Glad you’re feeling good and noticing improvement! My favorite injury cross training was water running and swimming but only because I thought it was easiest on my body. I was bored as heck and man! it takes so much more mental work for me to get a workout pool jogging! My favorite workout this week was my trail run today in Bend.

  10. Happy to hear of the progress Hollie! I’ll be cheering/happy for you on the 22nd. My best workout last week was my mile breakdown track workout and I like spin classes as a form of cross training

  11. Man, this is so wonderful to hear!
    I remember how exciting just one mile is when it’s your first mile post-injury. No lie, I am not sure I’ve ever had a better run in my life!

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