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!

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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.

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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.