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Fracture confirmed

23 February, 2011

It’s been so long since I posted here that I sort of doubt anyone still reads this, but in case you were wondering — I had a bone scan at the weekend and today received confirmation of a grade 2 fracture. The good news is that it has already been three weeks (tomorrow) since  my last run, and 4-6 weeks is the recommended down time, so I’m at least halfway there. The doctor didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know — training too hard was the cause! It’s pretty obvious to me looking back that adding in speed sessions to the extent that I did was premature.

 

I’ve been thinking a little about what I want to do with my running this year. Racing is really only the icing on the cake of running. Personal bests, and the intensity of competition are all good, clean fun, but that approach can also become a little bit egotistical, and perhaps that is the root cause of this fracture — becoming too closely identified with the notion of being a runner and consequently subjecting my body to more training than it could handle. More importantly is the realization that competition is not the essential point of running, for me at least.

 

My only goal for the time being is to heal completely. I had a great year in 2010 improving at every distance, and this year I would be happy just to consolidate that with a stronger base. The Sun Run now is too soon to have a really good race, but I hope to make an appearance at least to enjoy the mass of running humanity.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ray permalink
    23 February, 2011 12:34 pm

    I’m still reading! May I humbly suggest that you take up some soft trail running for at least 50% of your mileage. I’m kind of surprised that you didn’t suggest this above (the connection between constant concrete and stress fractures). I realize that you can’t get the speed you want from trail running but for your base miles it’ll pay off as a reprieve from the concrete, while possibly increasing your technical terrain skill — and it’s still hard, your VO2MAX will increase 🙂 Anyways, it worked wonders for me 🙂 Good luck and heal fast!

    • 23 February, 2011 12:57 pm

      Thanks Ray! That is something I’ve been mulling over — living downtown and not being a car driver doesn’t provide many easy options for avoiding the concrete, but I think you’re right, it likely is a part of the solution.

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