Spiral fracture of the distal shaft of the fifth metatarsal bone of my left foot

Fibreglass cast
After a very brief assessment in fracture clinic this morning (and all that was needed) I had a load bearing cast wrapped around my leg, ankle and foot to replace the weekend’s temporary backslap plaster cast.
The verdict: 6 weeks in a cast, no load bearing for 2 weeks, expect 8-12 weeks before walking with little pain. That rather dulls the 2010 racing season for me.
It is what it is and there’s no point crying about it. I’ll sit down and look at the year I had planned. I’ll probably add a half-marathon to the end of the year (Cardiff maybe) to extend it and try to get under 80 minutes, and remember my long term goals. Races up to July will have new goals of “finish the race” and “learn”. Training to that point and from July to October is unplannable at this stage. I’ll get into the gym & work on the rest of my body, although walking on crutches is already helping that. I think I may be able to come up with some lightweight elastic band exercises but I can’t exercise my left calf muscles at all, and I have to be careful of damaging the cast.
It is what it is.


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Oh dear. I broke my foot this morning. I foolishly left too much crap in the hall downstairs, and when I ran downstairs to answer the door I was looking at the stuff instead of where I was placing my feet. I missed the bottom step, landed heavily and inverted my left foot. I couldn’t walk it off and a rather nice haematoma had appeared by the time I took my sock off a little later, so I spent the afternoon in A&E/X-ray/fracture clinic. I have a spiral fracture of the shaft of my 5th metatarsal.
I’ve got plaster on for the weekend & will get reassessed on Monday. I’ll probably get a walking cast put on then.
Bugger. I guess I’ll level all my World of Warcraft characters to level 80 then.

Starting the year

Starting the year, originally uploaded by samwebster.

And so we start again. Except this time, we’re starting off a brand new medicine course. My anatomy is a little better this time, I think.

Long run day

Day 8: Long run day, originally uploaded by samwebster.

About to head out of the door for my first 20 mile run.


Fooling, originally uploaded by samwebster.

On my day off, building a model skeleton with Jack.


Aero?, originally uploaded by samwebster.

On the bike, in the sun. And I started my 365 project on Flickr.

The C

The C, originally uploaded by samwebster.

I bought a new bike. The weather has been so poor that it’s still in the garage in its wrapping. I’m surprised at my own patience.