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Aka what happened at my race on Sunday.

And what happened with the rest of Racetober.

And what will happen on November 20th, the day I was planning to run a 3:19.xx in Philly.

Because I spent my Sunday afternoon in one of the least fun places in the world.

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Learning that I had broken my right foot and shattered the rest of my marathon training cycle.

While I would love to tell you that I hurt myself on that morning’s 20 miler, and at least chalk it up to bad ass running, that couldn’t be further from the truth. After a positively beautiful start to the day with a  confidence boosting 20 mile run at an 8:04 pace, the day ended as ugly as ugly gets.


With a trip down some stairs and a break straight through my 5th metatarsal.

After spending the night unable to walk, getting carried as my primary mode of transportation and dealing with some pretty unbearable pain, I cried uncle and headed to the ER, where an xray confirmed that my greatest fear was true: my bone was broken and I was done with running for the very foreseeable future.

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Ignore the smile, it’s not real…

My ER doctor was clearly not a runner, she expressed very little sympathy when I informed her I have a marathon in 5 weeks. Luckily, some fellow injured athlete friends have referred me to a very athlete-centric doctor for my follow up who supposedly understands the need to get his patients back in action as quickly as possible. For now, I’m going to do a lot of situps. I’ll have the strongest core of anyone at the TBD start line that will finally offer me a chance for that sub 3:20 glory.

I’m not going to lie to you friends. I’m pretty miserable right now. There is really nothing I wanted more in life than to destroy the Philadelphia Marathon in 5 weeks. I know my attitude will perk back up in a few days and I’ll find some silver lining on all of the chaos of the past 36 hours, but right now, all I want is a good run to clear my head and make me feel like my happy self again. And obviously that’s just not going to happen.

Blogging will most certainly continue while I’m going through this, because trust me, I’ll be finding ways to still get my sweat on, but I can’t promise that all of my posts will be signed, sealed and delivered with a smile. Right now I have a few choice words for my crutches, for my life and for my weak ass fifth metatarsal that decided to snap and destroy my Fall.

Until next time, when I’m one day closer to running,


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102 Responses to DNS

  1. This sucks. I have nothing else to say.

  2. So sorry to hear about your injury! I can’t imagine the disappointment you are feeling. Luckily there are many more races to come- although I know that won’t make you feel much better since you want to race NOW.

    I’m watching Biggset Loser this season and there is a contestant with an injured leg on Bobs team who is dominating the weight loss by doing lots of upper body and swim workouts. I’m looking forward to great blog posts from you on your non-leg oriented workouts!

  3. There are no words that can cheer you up right now.. So I’ll send you crappy virtual ((hugs)) and will your foot to heal super fast. And marvel at your 20 mile/8:04 pace run ;) Nice 20 miler speedster!

  4. SO sorry Emily! Hope you heal quickly!

  5. Worst news EVER. I am so sorry. There are no condolences for stupid injuries, they are just plain the worst, but I’m sure you’ll find a way to make the best of it. How long is it supposed to take to heal? Do you have to have a cast? How long no weight bearing? GET WELL SOON!

  6. Oh Emily, I am so sorry. You have been on such an incredible roll with your training that I am really sorry for anything to interrupt it. Not that it helps any, but of all the people who could have a set back and recover from it with flying colors I know it is you. Hey maybe ING will be your race! I’ll be ready with signs!

  7. sending you speedy healing thoughts

  8. So sorry that you’re dealing with this. I’m sure that you are going to heal quicker than normal though – seeing as you are a rock star and all. Hang in there!! :)

  9. Oh Emily! My heart breaks for you right now. The pain of a broken foot is nothing compared to the pain a runner feels when they are told they’re sidelined. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Again, I’m truly sorry!

  10. I’m so sorry!!! This is terrible! but can you still pool run, like you blogged about last week? You are very strong so I’m sure you will bounce back quickly, thinking bone healing thought for you!

  11. So sorry! Wishing you a quick recovery time!

  12. That sucks! I hope you recover quickly!

  13. I am SO sorry!! That really sucks! I hope you can get back to running soon!! Best wishes!

  14. Ohhh…so sorry to hear about your foot. I hope you recover as quickly as possible so you can get back out there!

  15. Ugh, I’m so sorry to hear about your foot!! I wish I had more words of encouragement, but this plain sucks! I’ll be sending you speedy recovery vibes!!

  16. i was so sad when i saw your tweet yesterday! i was so looking forward to handing you water at mile 21 of the philly marathon (where i’m volunteering). wishing you a quick and speedy recovery!

  17. Emily – I am so, so sorry! I, too, am DNS-ing Philly due to stress reactions in my femurs from earlier this spring. I’ll be interested to hear about your future recovery training, but until then take your time with with the mental recovery aspect of it all. Wallowing in the suckiness of it all for a few days helps. Good luck!

  18. Noooo! So sorry to hear about your injury :( Wishing you a speedy recovery. I broke the exact same bone in my left foot a few years ago: I was pulling my patio door open, but it was stuck, so I pulled a little harder … finally it flew open but I went flying with it and onto the ground. Bam, broke my 5th metatarsal opening a patio door. Go figure. And because I’m so super brilliant, I didn’t go to the ER until AFTER I worked my 8 hour bartending shift.

  19. Lametown supreme! So sorry you are injured, Emily. I hope your foot heals quickly to get you back on your feet!

  20. I’m really sorry to hear about your foot. The rest is worth it though. I’m just now coming out of a stress fracture in my 5th metatarsal. It’s hard, but giving your body the time to rest is important, and you’ll learn about yourself along the way (and new exercises, too). Definitely make sure you see someone experienced with athletes – that is seriously SO important. Can’t stress it enough. A normal doctor won’t understand and won’t really have advice for you. Just remember… you’re an Ironman :)

  21. So sorry to hear about theninjury :( even though it happened from a fall, I’d still tell people it was from running ;)

  22. Oh Emily, I’m sorry to hear that! I can only imagine how frustrating…:( But, this does confirm that I actually saw you today! Yeah, that sounds creepy but it’s not I promise. I was rushing to catch my red line to Union Station and I saw someone who looked liked you (but wasn’t sure since we’ve never met) on crutches. Had to be, right? Anyway, I really hope this thing heals fast and you find a doctor who “gets it.”

  23. That.truly.sucks. There are no other words (well, there are other words, but I’m trying to keep it clean here). 2 new yogurt stores opened within 2 miles of my house recently so if you need to get away from DC to recover, you are welcome here…’cause you know, it’s a fact, yogurt has calcium and heals bones!!

  24. Oh noooo!!! I feel your pain: I tripped on cobblestone (completely sober), in italy, and had to have my roomates italian boyfriend carry me up the 100 stairs to our apt…no fun… But, when life hands you lemons you throw back a few shots of limencello, so after a summer in nyc on crutches, I present you my tips for survival (probably obvious, but a little reinforcement never hurts, right?)

    -ask your doctor if you can get a rollabout (google it- there’s also a youtube video of a lady pulling a horse on 1…knee walker on wheels…) (or if that would even be helpful for your lifestyle) in my experience these are not great for inside offices, etc but are great when you need to travel more than a block…plus you’ll soon have so many adventures on that thing you can help me co-author my book “life on wheels”

    -drinking is best done seated @ home with as little movement required as possible. Party on the bed. Drunk crutching and rolling gets pretty old (and made me kind of dizzy!)

    -when in doubt, buttercream frosting will always make you feel better. If the cupcake place is not handicap accessible wave to an employee.

    -get one of those bags that attaches to the handle of your crutch, or if you’re handy u can attach a bag you already own (I was not…) Backpacks are super helpful too.

    -make sure you have a raincoat with a hood. Standing in the rain for an hour with out one while attempting to hail a cab is no fun when you don’t….

    -when in doubt, go back to points 2 + 3 :)

    feel better! Feel free to email me with questions. Your new marathon record will taste even sweeter soon and You’ll soon have the strongest.arms.everrrrrrR

  25. Hugs Hugs hugs! Hang in there!

  26. Boo I’m so sorry.

  27. I’m so sorry about your foot! I was so looking forward to seeing you while out on the Philadelphia Marathon course! Just hang in there….you will get your sub 3:20 marathon.

  28. UGH! Emily, I’m so sorry to hear this! Do what you can to keep yourself happy and occupied in the mean time. I imagine that it’s a very helpless feeling. We’re all rooting for your foot to heal ASAP!

  29. Oh I am so sorry. I don’t think there is anything to be said that will make you feel better now, but I do know that you have made amazing, speedy comebacks in the past and I am sure you will again!

  30. my heart sank when I saw your tweet yesterday – so sorry man. I know it sucks. But I also know that you will come back to be even more badass than you were before. Sending healing vibes!

  31. Sorry to hear that! I hope you heal quickly!

  32. Sending you hugs and happy healing. An athlete-focused doctor can make all the difference in the world, swearsies.

  33. Dang it! I’m sorry to hear this. Sending good thoughts for a quick recovery!

  34. I’m so sorry to hear about your foot. I hope the runner friendly doctor can give you a better idea of what you can do while it heals and whether there’s anything you can do to speed the process up. I hope it’s quicker than expected!

  35. Oh man! So sorry to hear about your foot. I’m just coming back from and injury, so I know how much this sucks. On the bright side, I bet you come up with some pretty creative ways to get your sweat on these next 5 weeks. 3:20 will be here before you know it!

  36. Oh Emily – so sorry. Rest up, eat well, get your upper body movin’, and remember – you are a Iron(wo)man – this is just a small bump.

  37. Did you say “shoot!” or “dagnabbit!”? or what I would have said…”F*CK!!!!!”
    I am so deeply sorry this happened :( I do know you’ll emerge from this setback stronger and more determined than ever.

  38. So sorry to hear this news. I regularly stalk you through my google reader and don’t come over to the blog much to actually post comments and fess up to my stalking. Had to give you a hug on this one, though. Like you said, every hour and day puts you that much closer to running again. Hope you get to pitch the crutches soon!

  39. Sorry to read this Emily! Virtual Hug! Let us know how it goes with the runner friendly doctor, cool?

  40. Oh gosh I am soo sooo sorry! Go ahead and be freakin mad, pissed off and angry at the world. or the need to shed many many tears. i had to take off 8 weeks from exercise last october. i had to defer MCM. i was not allowed to do anything. not even realyl go on walks to much. i thought i would never ever ever be able to do it. i was pissed, i was upset, i was going insane. and then i just did it. i just put it down and let it go for those 8 weeks knowing that my health was on the line. knowing that my training would come back. knowing that next year would come and i would be back at it. it was not always easy but i did see a lot of benefit and i got healthy. in my mass amount of spare time, i enjoyed life. i slept in. i went on adventures, i stayed up late. i did what “normal” people did, and i found a love for it. don’t get me wrong, i was not itching to get back at it, but i learned to like the time i had to take off. my coach told me that i was a great runner, i had progressed so quickly. i would not lose my training.i would be back when i was ready. this carried me through. i know it will carry you too. i promise you don’t take this all as the “sure that is nice for this little athlete who has yet to do her 26.2 (next week)” because i really dont mean it to be preachy at all. just hoping you can take some solice in the fact that while it won’t be pretty, it won’t be all that bad and you will be back in a blink of an eye…ok enough, i can’t even read all of this. this freakin comment is a book. your in my thoughts and prayers (k not in a creepy way)

  41. hope you recover quickly sorry to hear about your injury

  42. You’re definitely allowed to be pissed and mope about this for as long as you want. But you WILL line up for a marathon in the not so distant future and crush your goals. Anyone who reads your blog or has met you in real life knows that you are an incredible athlete and a little broken bone won’t stop you from reaching your goals.

  43. I think that what this really means is that you will have to skip the 3:20 and run a 3:15. Seriously! I have no doubt you will be able to do that. You are just getting all the bad luck out of the way! F#$^ all right!

  44. Oh Emily, my heart breaks for you. Be pissed as much as you want. Thinking positive healing thoughts for you!

  45. I hope you heal quickly! On the up side – you can probably have some badass upper body strength because you can still swim…just no kicking. Good thing you have your spiffy new headphones!

  46. Honey pie…nooooooo!

    Ugh, I wish I could lend you my toe. You’d make better use of it than I do.

  47. That is seriously sucky. But it’s good that it wasn’t from running – otherwise you’d have to reevaluate how you were training which, in some ways, to me, is more unsettling than falling down the stairs. This was just bad luck :(

    Looking forward to your speedy recovery!

  48. I’m so sorry Emily. My heart sank when I saw your tweet – I was hoping that you’d get good news and the injury wouldn’t be as bad as you thought. I know this really sucks – and you have every right to be upset about it. Take as long as you need to just be angry. BUT I know you are going to come back from this stronger than ever. I know that doesn’t change anything at the moment, but you are such a strong woman and amazing athlete. I KNOW that sub 3:20 WILL be yours someday soon… I’m just sorry that it’s going to take longer than you had planned.

    Sending you thoughts for a speedy recovery. I hope your doctor helps get you back to running soon. {hugs}

  49. I’m so sorry! Maybe we can all will your foot to heal fast. Here’s keeping my fingers crossed for you.

  50. This makes me so sad :( Stupid stairs. *Virtual hugs*

  51. Emily- my heart really breaks for you. I am so, so sorry this happened right before your marathon. I tore my meniscus 5 years ago and couldn’t walk for 1 month and couldn’t run for 3. While I don’t exactly know your pain, I know how much being injured sucks. I hope the runner doctor can get you healed in no time.
    In better news, at least the Giants are temporarily on top the NFC east :)

  52. Ugh! I’m so sorry Emily. Sending you good vibes and hoping for a speedy recovery!

  53. I am so sorry. That sucks.

  54. Ugggggg. That sucks so much. I’m with you – I think that if it were something running related at least you could be mad at the sport. This way, all that you can do is wait! :(

  55. Hi – delurking. Nearly a year ago, I broke my metatarsal (2nd, not 5th), and was also out for an extended period of time. I was originally forecast for 12 weeks no running, but used a bone stimulator pretty aggressively, and was cleared to run after 7. You might look into getting one – I REALLY recommend it.

    Here’s my blog post on it: http://wellimtryingtorun.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-little-bone-stim.html

  56. So sorry!! Hope it heals and there’s good news on your follow up!

  57. That stinks!! I’m so sorry/I feel your pain. I hope you heal quickly! I can only slightly relate, I was just recently in a marathon training cycle, planning on crushing my current PR, and while on vacation in another country I had to have emergency surgery. Nothing as serious as a broken foot, but I was pretty bummed to have to cancel my marathon that was 2 weeks away. Allow yourself to be miserable and I hope your boyfriend is as understanding as mine was when I went a little batsh*t crazy missing out on the marathon and exercise for 4 weeks…

  58. Welcome to the world of Weebles! (we fitness bloggers suffering from some kind of lower body injury). You are NOT ALONE in having to deal with issues. Get the best help you can and listen carefully to the experts.

    Maybe now is the time to tackle some push up/pull up goal??

  59. oh my gosh emily. i’m so so so sorry. i can’t imagine anyone worse that this could have happened to. you’ll get better super fast, i’m sure!

  60. well, that f-ing sucks! although, looking at the positive, maybe this will give you time to rest and get a 6 pack?! i’m sending positive thoughts of a speedy recovery your way!

  61. Emily, that sucks. I am soo sorry!

    here is good and positive thoughts to your speedy recovery! *hugs*

  62. Noooooo! This sucks, lady. I hope you heal quickly and are able to crush it in a spring 26.2!

  63. Wishing you a speedy recovery Emily!! :)

    sending you hugs, flowers, candy, bagels and peanut butter!! :)

  64. So sorry, Emily. I’m hoping you recovering quickly and are back out there getting sweaty as soon as possible.

  65. I’m so sorry to hear about your foot! I hope you have a speedy recovery.

  66. Well that sucks. You can take solace in the fact you can still likely finish a master faster than me even though you are on crutches!

  67. I’m so sorry Em! You do NOT deserve to be laid up again. FAST RECOVERY!

  68. Oh no!! Sending lots of positive vibes your way.. although I know nothing is going to make you feel better! I hope that the athlete-centric doctor can put some sparkle in your eye!

  69. :( :( :(…This is my least favorite blog post!!! I hope you have a speedy recovery and that the doc really does whatever he can to help you heal up while getting you back out on the roads as soon as he can! You are tough and you are gonna come back from this experience even more prepared and hungry to smash that PR. Hang in there!

  70. Oh no! Sorry to hear about your foot. Hopefully your athletic doctor understands. Non-runners definitely don’t understand the need to run. Keep positive and get in the pool if it doesn’t hurt (that’s what I did when I tore my calf).

  71. aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    pissed off attitude and blog posts are acceptable

    doing nothing is not
    you are on the right track with core training and hammering whatever else you CAN do –
    you know what to do

    also eating ..WATCH the eating….no running = drastic change in eating lifestyle. you can do it. Eat lean – eat less – eat right …and when you come back you will be in way better position at TBD Race :)


  72. Hang in there- this will only make you tougher. Trust me- running has injured me more times than I can count, but it’ll make your NEXT race is even more worthwhile. ;)

  73. Hi Emily – longtime lurker coming out of hiding. My ex-bf broke his 5th metatarsal playing tennis a few years back. His break was such that the chances of the bones fusing back together just from being in a cast were only so-so. The orthopods at Stanford Medical Center gave him the option of waiting to see what happened in 6-8 weeks or just biting the bullet. He opted to get surgery almost immediately. While that strategy is obviously not without risk, it got him off crutches and into a boot much faster than waiting and seeing and spared him lots of mental anguish in the process.

    Your situation definitely helps me put my own in perspective – I’ve been bitching and moaning because I’ve had a really bad chest cold and haven’t been able to run for two weeks. I will duly shut my trap now.

  74. Oh NO! Injuries are the WORST. There probably isn’t anything anyone can say to make it suck any less, so I’ll just send fast recovery/sub-3:20 vibes…

  75. Well, shit, that sucks. (If there is a silver lining, though, maybe it’s that, in fact, it DIDN’T happen during the run – meaning you’ve conquered the stress fractures and your bones are holding up)

    Here’s hoping for a quick recovery! Maybe you’ll still come up to Philly and hang out in November?

  76. I definitely feel your pain. Sciatica got me at the 18 mile tune-up and I haven’t run since. Bye bye NYC marathon 2011.

  77. So sorry to hear about this Emily! You are going to get through it though. You are a huge inspiration. If anyone can do it, you can ;)

  78. SO sorry to hear about this. Keep looking for the silver lining!

  79. That really really sucks. At least it’s not a running related overuse injury. You’ll come back!

  80. My husband and I both read your blog…he asked me if I had read you today and I said “No, what’s up?” He just replied “Oh, well, you have to read it.” Now, I see why!! Oh, man – poor Sweaty Girl!! I know I’m a HUGE pain in the ass when I can’t train (hubs nods YES)…hope you find a good doc that sympathizes and heal up quick, Eat lots of veggies!!

  81. Emily I’m so sorry to hear this news! I have totally been there and it sucks. Last year when I had a foot injury I spent a lot of time at the pool and doing upper body strength training. It kept me in pretty good shape and kept me from going crazy since I couldn’t run. Good luck… you will heal quickly!

  82. So sorry! Praying for a quick and complete healing. Wish it could happend faster for you.

  83. From one clumsy athlete to another… that sucks. so. effing. bad. Hope you heal quickly, Emily!!

  84. Oh, Emily. I’m so sorry. I know there’s nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said, so here’s wishing you a speedy recovery!

  85. I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you. Been sidelined before and am currently as well …and there aren’t too many things that rate as crappy as being told you cant do what you love. So sorry- wishing you a speedy recovery.

  86. Awww, so sorry this happened to you! I wish you a speedy recovery as well

  87. Like others have said… SO sorry! I hope that you have a quick and full recovery and that you do have plenty of other adventures!
    Take care of yourself (and your foot).

  88. :(

  89. I’m so sorry! Hoping that at least maybe being able to swim with your new aqua ipod! Or get a lot of people to sign your boot/cast. Hope you heal fast!

  90. Blower! :(

    Get well soon!!!

  91. Wow. What crappy bad luck. So sorry to read this – hang in there and get better soon.

  92. Gosh, how horrible! Will you be able to swim at least? Good luck with the healing – hang in there!!

  93. this blows! at least it wasn’t a running injury? dumb stairs. tell your landlord you’re moving to the first floor.

    :-/ heal fast leg!

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  95. I’m so sorry!

  96. Just reading this now. So sorry:(

  97. OMG!! This really sucks!!!! I can only imagine how you must feel. Hang in there!!

  98. Oh man, I am so sorry to read this. I read Katie’s blog first and was wondering what had happened to you! My friend Maria recently had the exact same thing happen falling down the stairs. She had the MCM and Army 10 miler that she had to miss and she finally got her boot off yesterday. Email me if you want me to oit you in touch with her. There is also a machine called the Exogen 4000 that both she and I used and it decreased healing time by 30 percent. Email me for more info. But once again, I am so sorry.

  99. hey there! sending positive vibes your way.

    i know how it feels. i broke my second metatarsal 1.5 years ago but if i can get back to slow jogging 3 weeks later and ran a 10km race 6 weeks after that…you can do it! and like you, i was “sweating” it out with lots of cross training/yoga etc and weight training.

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