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March 30, 2006


I visited the doctor a two weeks ago regarding my ankle pain. I had X-rays taken to rule out a fracture, and my primary care physician found nothing out of the ordinary after looking at them, so he said it was tendonitis and referred me to a sports medicine doctor.

A week later he left me a voice mail saying that the radiologist noticed a distal tibial stress fracture that he missed at first glance. Apparently I've had it for some time now. For now my marching orders are to rest - that is, no running. I can bike and swim though, so I'll probably be doing a lot of cycling to keep fit.

Right now the Alaska Marathon is up in the air. I will have to talk it over with my coaches and doctors to see if I can up my mileage before this summer. Otherwise I guess I'll be running a different marathon.

I'm pretty bummed about the whole thing. I was really enjoying running with the team, and my fundraising has been going so well - I'm nearly done with that part of my challenge. I have an appointment with a sports medicine doctor next Tuesday, and I'll have a chance to speak with my coaches this Saturday. I'll have another update after all that.

March 09, 2006

Back in California

What a week! On Friday I drove to Mountain View to help my friends move. I wasn't much help for moving with my ankle, and what little I did probably did me more harm than good. In retrospect, moving, or just standing around watching other people move stuff is a dumb idea when you're injured. My ankle feels much better today, probably because I've hardly walked anywhere.

I didn't get much sleep at my friends' place, as their cats had issues acclimating to their new surroundings, and Sunday night I took a redeye to Minneapolis for my grandmother's funeral. I was kind of a wreck having gone two days without sleep. I didn't get much sleep last night either due to the combination of another redeye and the silly cats breaking stuff and jumping on me while I was sleeping.

I'm back in Davis now, and after many hours of trouble, I finally got the new computer I ordered for work up and running today. It feels good to get done what I say I am going to get done. If you are computer savvy, check your md5sums before you burn CD images; saves a lot of trouble!