Exactly eight weeks after I hung up my running shoes - I have been given licence to run.
Well - actually - I have been given licence to try to run.
Geoff checked my calf, asked me a pile of questions and said that things sound like they're in pretty good shape. There's a tight muscle running down the back of my calf but it's much better than it was.
Plus, other than the achy pain I felt after wearing the wrong shoes (i.e. shoes that were not running shoes) to the mall and walking around for two hours, I have had no pain in almost two weeks.
All good signs.
So I get to try to run.
Geoff will be emailing me a safe return from a stress fracture running program. It's based on a combination of minutes of running + how quickly I recover from each run.
Sharp pain = stop running
Bad pain = stop running
Aches and pains from not having run for two months = keep running.
How far I run depends on how long it takes for the aches and pains to go away.
In other words, if I run on a Monday and feel fine by the Tuesday I can run again on Wednesday and increase the number of minutes.
If I run on a Monday and feel pretty sore on Tuesday, I run the same number of minutes on Wednesday.
And, if I run on a Monday and feel really really sore on Tuesday, I reduce the number of minutes on Wednesday or, if it's really bad, I don't run at all.
Yeah, me neither.
I'll feel better when I see the schedule.
Apparently he and I will be texting a lot over the next few weeks as I report back after every run and he gives feedback. Between Doug, Geoff, Janice and my running friends, the support I have had through this journey has been pretty incredible.
Now I just have to see if there's any time left in my schedule for running.