In early January, as I was training for the Port Isabel Causeway Walk/Run, I overdid it one morning and ended up with a sustained burning pain over my anterior right pelvis. The pain was aggravated by movement, but wasn’t sensitive to being still or to pressure. I wasn’t sure if it was a pulled muscle, a pinched nerve, or a possible spontaneous stress fracture. I knew from my nursing past that there wasn’t much that could be done for pelvic injuries besides rest.

I took the rest of our winter in Texas off from power walking, and booked an appointment with my GP for as soon as we arrived home. As it happened, the event that I wanted to enter was postponed until mid April because of construction on the causeway. Even if I had been ready to finally enter this race, now the race wasn’t going to happen until after our departure for home. This was a small compensation for my situation, and it did ease my disappointment somewhat.

Shortly after we returned home, I saw my GP, who ordered x-rays of my pelvis and both hips. I was thrilled to learn that everything showed up as 100% normal and there was no indication of a previous fracture.

In early May, I resumed my morning walks. I’m not power walking yet, but am definitely doing a very brisk pace and have worked my way back to the 6K (3.7 miles) that I was doing five days per week prior to the injury. Although I’m still feeling some irritation in that area of my pelvis, it’s not nearly as bad as it was in January. My GP believes it’s muscular, so I’m taking it easy for the rest of this month and going out every other day.

Photo Note: I shot my feature photo last week on my favourite trail here at home. I turned around and saw the opportunity to try to frame the towers in the distance in the bridge arch. Little did I know that I also captured a couple walking their dog as they approached the bridge. I love these kinds of unplanned things in photography.

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway . ”

John Wayne