What's going on? The half-marathon is next weekend and you've heard nothing from me for two weeks.
Let me explain...
I did a run last monday but only managed 5 miles before my foot became too swollen to run on.
Fortunately my x-rays came through so I popped over to the doctors on Friday morning - the results were somewhat unexpected.
It's not a break or fracture that healed badly, it's not muscle or ligament damage... It's arthritis.
Specifically - minor osteo-arthritis of my right big toe.
This means the half-marathon is off. It means running is off for at least the next four months.
It means that if I start running again I have to get shoes specially designed at one of those run shops.
It means cycling or swimming when I need exercise - anything that lessens the impact damage on my foot.
It means this problem will stay with me the rest of my life.
I'm pretty fucking bummed about this.
I'm not sure if I'm going to continue this blog - it was a nice idea but I can't see me running often enough now to make it worthwhile.
Maybe I'll change it - increase or expand the XP rewards for swimming and cycling, introduce shop items for other forms of fitness training - keep the exercise going in other ways.
It all depends how much this news affects me, whether I bother now at all.
I've got other things coming up - I've signed up for the mongol rally next year so physical fitness might be key.
I'll let you know.