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40 days and 40 nights and its still coming down on me

December 15, 2008

Looking at the X-rays from my last post you can see that there is still a significant crack in my foot.  I was hoping to see less of a crack after five weeks, but this is a very slow healing site because of the lack of blood flow in the area. The good news is that there are signs of healing (calcification) and I’m getting some mobility back.  My next X-rays are in five weeks from now.  By then I should have  more information on a timeline.  Needless to say it will be a while before I’m running again.  For much of this fall I was focused on getting back into the swing of things and getting after a 10 000m at Stanford in early May, at this point it does not look promising. 

In the meantime I’m able to use a stationary bike.  I was biking with one foot for a couple of weeks, but I wasn’t doing much of it because, to put it bluntly, it sucked.  Now that I’m able to use both legs I usually just put a movie in and bike for the whole thing.  I figure I’ll be able to XC ski before I’m able to run.  In January I’ll buy the whole kit and get going with that, snow permitting.

  1. December 15, 2008 8:46 pm

    Can you pool run?

  2. reid permalink*
    December 18, 2008 4:25 am

    I tried pool running last week and it was too painful, even with a lot of tape. I’m going to try again this week.

  3. Leslie permalink
    December 18, 2008 9:59 pm


    You have a great attitude and are a true inspiration to so many athletes who have had to face adversity. It would be awesome if you could cross country ski for the fitness, but more importantly for the fun factor. I hope you have an amazing time in South Africa, and are able to hike/hobble on some amazing trails.

    Merry Christmas from the Carsons

  4. Skuj permalink
    December 21, 2008 2:32 am

    Dude, this sucks. Let’s face it.

    And I eagerly anticipate the upcoming step-by-step story of your long road back to the top. Wether it’s 2009 or 2010 or 2012, I know you’ll get there, because you never stop believing in yourself. Hang in there Man.

    Your eventual bio sure got a lot more eventful after this Annus Horribilis. I’ll be the first to snap it up. May I request a signature?

    Have you youtubed the Ovett late 81 / 82 comeback series?

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