Monday, February 14, 2011


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.


GeorgiaSnail said...

Cheers for no stress fracture.

Sorry to hear about your loss.

imtheguz said...

Great news...keep taking it easy as you train. I'm going thru my own challenge to finish this weekend (Myrtle Beach Marathon)