It's been almost ten weeks since I first noticed my shin hurting after an eight-mile run on Halloween morning, and it's been almost five weeks since I stopped running and started cross-training. While cross-training seemed to possibly be helping, after doing my crazy, ill-fated power walk a week and a half ago and after introducing some short running stints into my regimen, I feel the shin has gone back to square one.
I am finally at that crossroads of What to do? There seem to be four choices:
- Keep doing what I am doing, including the running, and hope that the body will sort itself out eventually (which would actually be my preference)
- Go back to exclusively cross-training and try to reattain those pre-power walk good vibes
- Go in to see the PT ladies who helped me so much with my hip last year for an assessment
- Go to a doctor
Distance Dude says he'll eat crow if it is a stress fracture. (So, as you can imagine, it is almost worth having that diagnosis. Ha ha ha.) He thinks that I should just keep cross-training until such time as it doesn't bother me anymore. But how long do you do that? I am losing patience and focus. What to do.... If you are hurt, when do you know it's time to see a doctor?