About 10 days ago Marathon Girl paid a visit to a very good sports medicine doctorâ€“ one that sheâ€™s seen since high school â€“ to see why her leg was hurting so much when she ran.
The verdict wasnâ€™t great: She has a stress fracture in her fibula.
The good news was that the injury was healing and should be completely healed before the end of June. The doctor also said she could run the dam marathon without risking further iinjury to her fibula butÂ she'd probably have to run itÂ very slow and with a lot of pain.
Needless to say Marathon Girl was heartbroken at the prospect of not running a marathon fast. Sheâ€™s been training very hard since Molly was born and was really looking forward to competing again. She loves running so much and itâ€™s hard for her when she canâ€™t do it.
Since the diagnosis, Marathon Girl has been doing her best to stay in shape without running. Sheâ€™s been swimming like a madwoman at the local pool. (The swimming has had some nice side benifits -- for me anyway. Itâ€™s added some very nice tone and definition to her arms and shoulders that I find very sexy.)
Her leg is feeling tons better since she hasnâ€™t been running on it. Should all go well, sheâ€™s going toÂ train forÂ the Deseret News Marathon on July 24. This should still give her plenty of time enough time to adequately train for the St. George Marathon in October.
Despite her inability to run the marathon this weekend, we're still heading to Idaho for a much wanted and needed vacation. The dam marathon, however, wonâ€™t be part of it.
Note: The above image is not an x-ray of Marathon Girl's fibual. Marathon Girl's fibulas are much sexier.