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The past two weeks of training have been amongst my strongest – ever. Between my bike volume (~200 miles last wee), quality, and running speed, I can’t come up with many weeks that have come close to my recent workouts. I set out for a pre-dawn Ninja Loop run with some friends yesterday morning;ย little did I know, that was my last workout for some time: I broke my foot on the first mile of my run.

My new office

My new office

I wasn’t doing anything crazy or irresponsible – I was running uphill at a ~11:00 minute/mile pace and simply landed poorly. I rolled my foot severely – I don’t think the platform height of my Hokas helped, and immediately felt my foot break. I also heard it snap, and I knew that it wasn’t something I was going to walk off. I waved my friends on and slowly made my way back to the car. Driving to urgent care was no small feat – I could barely apply pressure on the gas and knew that I had to get off the road soon.

By the time I arrived at urgent care, my foot was huge – I had a massive bruise and lump forming over the area that I believed was broken, and asked for a wheelchair instead of crutches. The x-rays confirmed what I’d suspected – I broke my 5th metatarsal in three places.

I'll be back soon

I’ll be back soon

After I was casted and ready for discharge, I reached out to a few friends in medicine and managed to get an appointment at a top-notch orthopedist who specializes in foot and ankle injuries. Taylor and I went to see him in the afternoon and I got some good news: the 5th metatarsal isn’t displaced despite the break in three places, and I have an avulsion fracture which typically heals much better than the dreaded Jones fracture. I most likely will not need surgery – if the bone stays put for the next week, I should be able to switch to a walking boot instead of the hard cast.

In terms of recovery, the orthopedist expects that the bone will heal in 60-90 days, and I should be able to ramp up my activity at the 90 day mark. In the near term, I should be able to ride the stationary bike in the next 2 weeks depending on how my next appointment goes. As far as races go, Way Too Cool 50K is a definite no (March 7th) and I’m not really setting any expectations past that. Iย simply want to get back on my feet and salvage part of the season.

Morale of the story: accidents happen, even when you’re taking precautionary measures. I’m glad that I’ve had an excellent string of results and managed to spend a better part of the past 5+ years injury free; I’ll get back out there soon.