Had my visit with sports doc this past Thursday. The stress fracture area was bothering me in the days following Surf City Half, in spite of not going all out. It got to the point that I even donned my old walking boot for a few days! Anyway, the day before and of my appointment, I intentionally laced up and ran to "irritate" that area. Miraculously, the pain was mostly gone.
When I met with my doctor, she was encouraged that it wasn't another stress reaction, but I am getting an MRI just to be sure the bone isn't damaged, If it's clear, she will give me the go-ahead to run the LA Marathon (yes, it's still in doubt).
I also put in my longest run to date since the 1/2 marathon when I put in 11+ miles with the trail club yesterday. Yeah, it's a little frustrating that I can't go longer right now, but I have to be super conservative with my left foot. I did thoroughly enjoy that run even though I felt heavy and out of shape.
If given the green light, I will be running the marathon on a few 30+ mile weeks and a long run that probably won't exceed 14-15 miles. Please look to this as something you should NOT do to train for a marathon.
Before I sign off, a few shout outs are in order...
1) my friend and trail companion Rachel just ran and finished 1st overall female in the Orange Curtain 100K on Saturday! Please be sure to follow her in the future as she gets ready to tackle her first 100-miler in June (in which I will be pacing).
2) to all friends/acquaintances that got accepted into Badwater...congrats! I am also officially throwing my hat in the ring if any of you need crew/pacing. I need to experience this race (vicariously) at some point!
3) another great video my Matt Hart...this guy encompasses our love for running trails/ultras in 5 minutes or less better than anyone!:
Have a great week everyone!