I've got another reason for my good mood too. I finally heard back from ortho regarding my official MRI results (yes, I'm ticked I had to wait this long, but that's another story). I'm thrilled to know that the doctor's initial impression was incorrect based on the first x-rays and exam. I do NOT have an avulsion or any other stress fracture! Yes, I tore up the muscle pretty well and have some damage there and there's possibly a mild stress reaction where the tendon inserts in the pelvis. But, thankfully I was smart enough to stop running before it became an actual fracture. Another few steps and I could have been done for. My current prescription is "activity as tolerated", which pretty much sums up my doctor's mantra of "don't do anything that hurts". I go back in the middle of next week to see him again, probably have more x-rays, and see where things go from there. He might send me back to PT, might not. This is pretty much just a "wait it out" thing. But, no where NEAR what I had to deal with before... whew!
I am so freaking happy. Yeah, it sucks I had to DNS two races. But I'd rather this than the alternative. I'm going to take this really easy. I'm definitely not going to be running for a few weeks... nope. Not going to do it however tempting it is. I'm going to go for walks, ride the bike if I can, and do a ton of strength training and relax! I'm even tempted to buy a real bike and go for rides on the trails I love over the summer. I haven't had a real bike since I was a kid (yeah, I know, sad - right?)! I did a killer chest and triceps workout yesterday and had DOMS so bad picking up a coffee cup was hard this morning... lol. I missed this! I also started doing my home PT workout again. It seems to help.
I figure if all goes as I hope it does I'll start running again by the end of June.. taking it slow.. probably run/walking. I have a 6 month post-injury speedwork ban so that's definitely out for the rest of the year. I'll make it to MCM, though. I'm probably either going to try a bare bones novice Higdon plan or a run/walk plan. I won't be looking at a great time or a chance at a PR, but I'll get there in one piece and have a great time and enjoy the whole experience of it. At the end of the day, that's all that matters.