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Baby, be good, do what you should, you know it will be alright

June 3, 2014

I put off writing this blog until I could properly explain my injury and prognosis. Last week I had an arthrogram and MRI to check for a labral tear and sports hernia. Turns out I have a slight labral tear and an avulsion which has similar signs to a sports hernia.

The tear in my labrum is probably not affecting me much, if at all. The main problem is a “thin linear fluid cleft separating the pubis from the rectus abdominus-adductor aponeurotic plate, with a tiny avulsed periosteal or osseous fragment, in keeping with a right aponeurotic plate tear/adductor avulsion,” at the right pubic bone. When I first read the report I didn’t understand much. After google searches I understood a little more. This morning my doctor made it all very clear to me. Basically my rectus abdominus ripped off my pubic bone and took a little piece with it.

I’ve been feeling this pain in deferent degrees for years, I’m not really sure how long I’ve been carrying it. It’s similar to a sports hernia and it would be great to run without it. At the 2014 London marathon the muscles around my injury tightened up and it would be swell if that didn’t happen in the future.

This is an injury which needs 4-6 weeks of rest (1 week rest down) to let the bone re-attach and the muscle repair itself. That means complete rest for at least 4 weeks, no cross-training. I could elect to cross-train after four weeks but I’d rather not test it too soon and risk re-injuring myself.

Why did this happen?… It’s an repetitive overuse injury that affected my right side due to having a shorter right leg. In the future I will be running with some sort of lift in my right shoe. I still need to see an orthopedist for that.

In the past few years I’ve devoted myself to the marathon, often neglecting other aspects of my life. I have the mindset that if I’m going to pursue my dream that I’m going to do it 100%.  When running is going well it makes sense. How much more could I put on my plate? Would I have made the Olympics if I had spread myself thinner? However, when I’m stuck with six weeks of no physical activity it’s a lot of free time. I’m even weary to cruise around on my skateboard, leisure bike rides or kayak down the Speed River. The other problem is that I eat out of boredom. I don’t even own a scale but it might be a good tool to keep things from getting too out of control (a little out of hand is fine).

There are a few projects that I’ve had in the back of my mind that I might go forward with now that I have ample free time. Building a 3-D printer, planting a vegetable garden, learn how to edit video and finish Road to London, start personal coaching… I also thought about travelling, but would have to consider therapy too. The reality; lots of reading, watching movies, World Cup and full stages of Le Tour.

I’ve already sketched out possible future races (long-term outlook) depending on when I get back to running and subsequently back into shape. My main focus is 2015 when the Olympic marathon qualifying window will surely open. Speaking of teams, I think it goes without saying I won’t be going to Commonwealth Games this summer. I’ve qualified but when the team list comes out this week don’t expect to see my name on it as I already told Athletics Canada I won’t be going. That was a decision I made after London when I ran 2:13 and would have rather attempted to improve on that time in the fall.

Blog updates will be infrequent over the next couple of months. Thanks for reading.


  1. June 3, 2014 3:39 pm

    wow, here’s to a speedy 6 weeks! rest, relax, indulge in so many things you have on your wish list

  2. June 3, 2014 4:16 pm

    Way to stay positive and looking to the future. The personal coaching sounds interesting. Best of luck and enjoy life while you rest these next few weeks 🙂

  3. June 3, 2014 7:17 pm

    Bummer. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery! 6 weeks might feel like a long time while you’re not running, but in the grand scheme of things it’s just a blip. It’ll be over before you know it.

  4. June 3, 2014 7:41 pm

    Hey Reid. Timely post to hear some positive words for being injured. I am sorry you have to take off time. I am three weeks post two pelvic stress fractures ( one hip, one pelvis) and have been having a hard time with the quick change in routine ( no exercise …I am a triathlete). But after reading your blog and that of Krista D., I am taking your positive attitudes and using the time to heal right and be patient to get back out there as soon as I can . Best of luck to you in your recovery and I hope you accomplish all your goals for 2016/2016! Here’s to fast healing for both of us . :).

  5. June 3, 2014 9:54 pm

    Sorry to read the news, best of luck with a speedy recovery! After having a nagging pain and repeated tightness over that long a period of time, it must be really nice to think of it having a chance to go away for good though. Enjoy watching the Cup!

  6. jrr0 permalink
    June 4, 2014 2:20 am

    Here’s hoping a heel lift is the secret sauce you’ve been missing! Enjoy your break!

  7. June 4, 2014 8:48 am

    A cruel irony to have more free time than ever to write, but less to write about. But there must be so much to say beyond training and results? So many thoughtful running authors out there are no longer competing, like Alex Hutchinson or this guy

  8. June 10, 2014 1:45 am

    Sorry Reid. I have a hamstring injury myself and its a bummer. Like someone said, the 6 weeks might just be a blip in the real scheme of things.

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