I made it into the specialist this morning. It went ok.
She HATED my running plan. Said that by only doing long runs every 2-3 weeks I put too much stress on my heel (even though I was keeping my weekly runs consistent). I know she's the expert and all.... but this is exactly what I did to train for IMTX and I was fine. She said I was just lucky last year. pffft. If only last year could be considered lucky.
They questioned my diet. Do I get enough calories? (1800/day isn't enough apparently?) Calcium? Vitamin D? They want me to see a dietcian. I probably won't because I honestly feel that I have better than average knowlege of what I eat and why I eat it than most people.
So, the details:
Walking boot is ok, but its probably not the best solution as it kinda concentrates the impact of each step onto my heel. But it was better than nothing.
I am getting a fancy (read: ugly) custom boot made that takes the pressure off of my heel. I need to wear this new boot for 3-4 weeks. It was either the boot or crutches for 4 weeks.
No running for 2 months. Obviously no running while I need the boot, and additionally no running for a month after de-booting. Two stinking months. At best, that puts me at mid-August. So much for my race schedule in July.
But in the good news column, I can swim and bike as much as I like! So there's that! I'm still fairly crabby panda over this whole thing. I'm trying to distract myself by shopping for a road bike and looking into century rides. It still isn't what I had in mind for this summer, but its better than nothing.