I’ll keep taking punches, until their will grows tired
Yesterday I had a follow-up appointment with an orthopedic surgeon and I got some bad news. My bone is actually broken all the way through and I have a Jones fracture. A Jones fracture is a specific type of fracture of the 5th metatarsal which is worse than a regular fracture. It takes more time to heal, there is a chance of non-union (then surgery is required) and a greater chance of re-fracture. Instead of looking at recovery of 4-6 weeks I’m looking at non-weight bearing in an aircast for 6 weeks, and then going from there.
At least I did have a few good weeks of running where I actually felt fit. This will help me stay motivated and that feeling of being able to run well is not long forgotten. I even paced one third marathon which reminded me of racing. If this injury would of happened at the beginning of October before Run for the Toad I would have felt so far from competitive running and feeling fit. Also, if this would of happened next March (hopefully it doesn’t occur again) then I would see another track season go down the drain. I always try and see the bright side of things because if I get too wrapped up the shittyness of this injury it’s really discouraging. It also helps to put life in the big picture and realize this will be only a relatively short period and one heck of a learning experience.
From Thursday afternoon until Sunday I managed to watch the first two seasons of Dexter. That’s the worst part of this injury, that I’m not able to do any aerobic X-training yet. I thought I would be able to get in the pool after two weeks, which doesn’t look to be the case anymore, it will likely be longer.