Thank you everyone asking about my MRI. I finally got my results back on Friday. The doctor said the good news is there were no stress fractures. The pain I am getting is due to bursitis and tendonitis in my hip. He said I will be able to run Boston, but should rest and strengthen the area after the marathon. I was thinking to myself, no problem, triathlon training starts then and I can focus on my swimming and biking. He also mentioned that I have some wear and tear in my joint and it may start becoming more a problem in future marathons.
I was supposed to wait for the green light from the doctor on the stress fractures before starting physical therapy (and returning to running) but I went ahead and scheduled my first appointment last Saturday. They have begun an aggressive strengthening program. One of the physical therapist suggested I not run for the next few weeks. I told him that’s probably not going to happen. He asked when I planned on running again. I said, “Tomorrow”. He then asked how far. I replied, “22”. He shook his head and said, “Runners!?!”. Since that first meeting, they have had some revenge during their boot camp like sessions. I don’t ever remember sweating that much during PT.
I still have pain in my hip and mid thigh, but Advil helps. The next two weeks are the toughest part of my training, peaking on March 23 with a 23 mile run and a 60 mile week. If I can get through it, it will be all down hill! I have a solo 22 mile run tomorrow starting at BC and running to Natick and back. I’m looking forward to it!