A stress fracture and a boot

A stress fracture and a boot

Damn. I was on such a high after the marathon on Sunday. But ever since that afternoon I have been hobbling around and not really able to walk well. Running has been out of the question. So since it seemed like a little more then soreness after a run I decided to see a podiatrist today.

The result was a boot, and that’s not the trendy kind!


After x-rays, examining points of pain and a funny vibration test he concluded that I have a stress fracture. It’s in the fourth and maybe fifth metatarsal bones (the two towards the outside of the foot).

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The doctors orders are to keep this boot on for possibly 6 weeks. I can take it off when I sleep. Yay! And no running. Boo!

The cause? Well I think it’s a mixture of switching to running on more pavement versus trail running within the last month of training. Plus I use a pretty minimalist shoe so this transition to more pavement running may have been a little too rough on my feet.

I’m also taking more vitamins then I ever have. (I really don’t take vitamins) This includes Calcium 500mg 3 times per day, Vitamin D (a cold liquid form) and Biotin. This should help my bones heal faster. This really just makes me feel older but I’ll take them if it means running again sooner.


So this is a bit of a bummer since I just came off such a high after the marathon. But I see this as a good reason to do some fun strength training. I might even get a chance to run in the deep water pool!

It’s just life throwing me another curve ball.

By |2016-11-08T15:18:57+00:00May 1st, 2014|Running|4 Comments


  1. Kyle May 9, 2014 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear that 🙁 The move to pavement could definitely have had something to do with this, it’s also probably not a coincidence that you’re noticing this now after a marathon plus all of the training leading up to the event!

    I saw on your comment on RuntotheFinish.com’s post that you’re looking to try a pair of Topos, which pair?

    Doctors like a quick fix, so it prevents your pain and seems to “help”. However I’m much more inclined to proper training, strengthening, and form than a crutch in your shoes.
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    • Travel-iN Fitness May 9, 2014 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Hi Kyle. I’ve demoed the TOPO MTs and like the feel but haven’t looked at the others yet to be sure. I just need a tiny more cushion when running the roads I think. But I love the minimalist shoes for trail running.
      I’m with you about not having a quick doc fix with the orthotics…I’m going to do more research before signing up for those.
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  2. Randy May 18, 2014 at 4:40 am - Reply

    Sorry about the setback. How long have you been using the minimalist shoes? Did you use a transition shoe first? Not much cushioning on them so wonder if they had something to do with the injury…
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    • Travel-iN Fitness May 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      I’ve been in a minimalist shoe for a couple years but I mix up my runs between trail and road pretty well. I decided to do all road the last month leading up to the marathon and I think it may have been a little too much impact for my feet. Do you run with a minimalist shoe?

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