I have run only one time since the Sultan 50K on 1/29. The one run I have had was a nice half marathon though the mountains. This run however brought to the surface a painful lower left leg injury. I have had discomfort about 2-3 inches above the ankle that started after Harbison 50K on 1/08.
The discomfort was mild but after the half I ran at SM State Park I was in serious pain. I was about sure I was suffering from a stress fracture of the lower leg. A stress fracture would mean no running for at least 4-6 weeks and would keep me from running Mount Mitchell Challenge on 2/26. I stopped my training runs completely and visited Carolina Orthopedic. I was not optimistic....
My Doc stated he also believed it to be a stress fracture but an MRI would be the only way to know for sure. He said the MRI was not necessary but I insisted as I needed to know if running Mitchell was still a possibility or not. I had to cancel my spot at Shut-In-Ridge due to an IT Band injury last November and I was getting depressed at the thought of dropping from Mitchell as well. This close to the race a refund was not possible.
The last week has been long and very stressful. I lost my 93 year old grandmother and flew up to Boston for the service and to be with my dad. Losing a family member quickly changes ones perspective on what is really important.
I arrived home yesterday and I received a call today with the results. No stress fracture but more than likely a stress reaction to the lower leg. I need to test things out with a few runs but it looks like Mitchell is a go.
My training plans for this month did not go as planned but I'll try to suffer through another ultra marathon just for the challenge of finishing.