Hi everyone! I’m sorry this took so long but I’ve had a short holiday and now I’m back at work where things are crazy.
Early days and gritting my teeth already!
Comrades did not go or ended as planned for me. I started feeling some pain in my left toe (one next to the big toe) after 15km of running. This got worse and worse and eventually it just felt as if I was running with a broken toe. Turns out I was…! Had to give it a stop after 67km with the pain by then really bad…DNF!!! I was also starting to feel pain in my right hip because I was compensating for the sore toe.
Legends (at expo)
I went to the doctor yesterday and he confirmed a fractured toe. I have no idea where this came from or what caused it. The doctor didn’t really believe me when I said the toe was fine at the start.
Doc: “but your toe is broken…”
Me: “I thought so. It did feel like a broken toe while I was running.”
Doc: “but why did you run with a broken toe?”
Me: “I didn’t, it started to hurt during the run.”
Doc: “but you ran with a broken toe”
Me: “it was fine when I started”
Doc: “you mean it didn’t hurt when you started?”
Me: “yes because it wasn’t broken when I started”
Doc: “that doesn’t sound right, your toe is broken”
Me: “is it a stress fracture?”
Doc: "I don’t know, it looks like a normal fracture…you sure it wasn’t broken before?”
Anyway that’s how it went for a while. So the toe is fractured and I’m more concerned about what caused it than the toe itself.
I’m obviously disappointed but I must say I am more concerned about the trail season that starts now. Hopefully this won’t put me back much. The fracture is at the front of the toe, below the nail and shouldn’t be a huge problem.
I’m going to test all my shoes while it still hurts to see if any shoes might be the cause. I’ll also take a look at all my work shoes. I think this was just waiting to happen on my next run and because the start of Comrades was all uphill it maybe came a bit sooner.
Men's winner trophy
Anyway, I still had a blast! The race is just awesome and nearly impossible to describe. However, it did confirm one thing for me…I was made for the trails. This road training and racing and all the masses of people just doesn’t do it for me. I’m not taking anything away from Comrades and agree, this is the greatest road race on the planet, but trail season is here for me now and I can’t wait!
Women's winner trophy
I’ll keep you posted on the toe and recovery and if I do find a specific cause you will know for sure. In the mean time I’m fine tuning my plans for the rest of the year with some big trail and off-road races approaching fast.
Route - Durban to Pietermaritzburg
I’ll post some photos of my run later this week.
Happy running everyone!