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September 2, 2014

In my last web log I still felt a sharp pain in my pubic bone when I tried to run. No surprise then when my Aug 1st MRI still had a fracture present. In the past few weeks I’ve been feeling better and more comfortable moving around. It’s small things such as running up a few stairs or picking it up a little when crossing a road when I notice that my injury has improved.

Yesterday was the first day that I tried running for any sort of distance. I ran 1km without any sharp pain, just a dull ache in my pubic bone, which is to be expected coming back from a fracture. The next month or so will be slow-going, I’m ready to be patient and focus on 2015. I’m going to see my doctor this week to go over the next phase. The main thing will be taking my time as I probably need to heal some more and I don’t want to run into other problems. That means it will take me at least one month to build up to a 10km easy run. After 14 weeks without running I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes me 14 weeks to get back to a good level of running fitness.

In the past few weeks I’ve been walking 1.5 – 2.5 hours a day. This gets me out of the house, walking on trails while listening to podcasts. It’s important to have some weight bearing activity in my legs before I start running again. This is also my second week of pool running. It’s been good getting in some exercise again, my brain is happier with movement.

Just out on a walk, phone in hand.


Knowing in early August that I needed more rest I made plans for a road trip to Brooklyn to see Arcade Fire. I’ve been to NYC many times and I’ve only been to Brooklyn once and I’ve always wanted to check it out and figured there was no better time than the present.

My goal was to drive to Brooklyn and never leave the borough throughout the trip and fully explore the neighbourhoods. My girlfriend found a road race in Harlem on Saturday morning so we made an exception for a few hours so she could race a 5km.  We stayed in Park Slope and checked out Willamsburg, Downtown, Gowanus and Cobble Hill. Brooklyn is the hippest place to live, so many cool restaurants, pubs and shops. The Arcade Fire concert at Barclays was amazing, they put on a great show.

The next day we went to Harlem for the road race and I did a little Big L tour and made the quick walk over to 139th and Lennox. Later that day we saw Boyhood at a theatre at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It’s one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, I highly recommend it. I would have liked to stay in Brooklyn longer but restaurants get expensive very quickly, especially on an injured runner’s salary.


Park Slope brownstones.


Arcade Fire Friday (aug 22) night at Braclays Center.



Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn.






Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn.


  1. September 3, 2014 3:23 pm

    Looking forward to watching you come back faster than ever! Good luck.

  2. September 8, 2014 8:53 pm

    Reid, The extensive mileage you have shown your body over the years never goes far away. Your simply mentally out of place at the moment, meaning if you had it your way you’d be slamming mileage! Savor the downtime as you know right now 14+ weeks off what jives with you…. I am sensing a return and if so give it 110% as you have nothing to lose, only everything to gain, All The Best, Shane Lavell

  3. September 10, 2014 12:06 pm

    I was just diagnosed with a stress fracture in my tibia so I found it interesting that you mention walking for 1.5-2 hours a day. I started the same thing a few days ago and am hoping it makes a difference in speeding recovery or at the least keeping the muscles from going completely stagnate. I’m wishing you a speedy recovery!! I’m glad I found your blog and can follow along on your inspiring training.

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