I thought it might have been. Not broken in the classic sence but a stress fracture. I have been suffering with plantar fasciitis for a few years and the last few months I have had a really annoying shin splint.
I have had shin splints many times in the past. They usually come and go during a race. The last few weeks I have had pain all the time, mostly during the first few miles of a run. I rally thought I has something worse.
Last night my coach said "Check it out' So I did. I saw Dr Gregg Rock. I went to him because I was told he is the kind of doctor who understands that I do not want to be told to stop running.
With that said, I actually had an anxiety attack on the subway ride to his office. I am so not prepared to be told I have a stress fracture.
When we met we first had a conversation. He first asked me who referred me. I told him a friend who is a tri-athlete. He asked me if I was one too. No, I am a marathoner, I am running the NYC Marathon on November 1, I ran a half marathon two days ago. I told him I thought I might have a stress fracture. Before he even examined me he said "No, you can't run through a stress fracture."
I knew I could not run with a stress fracture. He saw my panic. I thought he was telling me (based only on my description of the pain) that I had a stress fracture and had to stop running. He realized instantly that I misunderstood him. He was telling me that if I had a stress fracture I could not have run 13.1 miles.
So I have really bad shin splints and will probability get custom orthodontics after the marathon