I know many of you have been following along with my marathon training shenanigans by way of Strava and the endless endless selfies on our Facebook page.

I also know that a number of you have noticed not so many selfies the past week or so.

None, actually.

And that is because I am injured. All the sadfaces.

The thing that makes it feel worse right now is that it was probably avoidable if I had been following the plan my coach gave me.

I HAD been following it in terms of getting the runs in, but I’d been extending some of the shorter runs, adding in extras here and there and really pushing myself a lot harder than I have ever done before. I upped my mileage by more than my training plan asked, and then I upped it again.

I was just feeling so GOOD you see. So strong. I’d been busting out new distances and just LOVING my running in a way that was missing earlier in the year. It turns out I was loving it a bit too much, and I have a suspected overuse injury, a stress fracture, in my foot. Adding insult to injury (or more accurately, injury to injury) I realised I was in trouble half way into my long run last week. The problem with the realisation that the nagging ache was turning into a sharp pain when 16 kilometres from the car in the middle of nowhere is that you have to get back to where you started. I did it, but there was a lot of swearing and a fair few tears.

There have been many more tears in the days since, mostly because I really don’t know yet the extent of the damage and what it means for my marathon hopes.

I’ve been x-rayed and scanned and am waiting on results, so as you read this if you could send a few miracle vibes my way I would truly appreciate it. Some of you are familiar with my exceptionally bad luck in the lead up to races (‘bad luck’ could also be read as ‘daft behaviour’ sometimes, just saying…) and I’ve been an emo mess waiting to find out what it all means in terms of recovery time. The most irritating thing is that I can’t just go for a walk to clear my head, which has been my saving grace through other enforced non-running periods. I have however pushed myself out of my comfort zone and started attending a Bootcamp class so as to try and keep my fitness up as best I can. It is lots of fun, but it isn’t running.

And the moral of the story?

Listen to your coaches. Do as I say, not as I do.

I am forever reminding our Learn to Run groups to slow down, and then slow down some more… that just because you CAN push yourself really hard and get there quicker doesn’t always mean you should.

This is why mates. This is why. If only I was smart enough to follow my own advice hey?


I’ll keep you updated.

xx Kate


Zoey Dowling

Written by: operationmove

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  1. Oh no Kate - I totally understand how you feel about an injury - they are the worst !!!!!! Funny when I was running the 1min intervals on Monday I wondered whether I was going too fast or not and thought, I feel fine, it'll be OK - maybe tonight I will slow that down just a tad !!! I hope that you fine an answer soon - there is nothing worse than not knowing - at least when you know you can deal with the outcome. Thinking of you and sending heaps of positive healing vibes your way ! Me xox

    • Zoey Dowling

      Oh thankyou Linda, and if this means you will slow down and take it a little easier then that's a great thing! I don't want ANY of you dealing with this kind of frustration! xx

  2. Hmm I was wondering why the bootcamp and no running...Kate that really sucks. I have everything crossed for you that its a minor issue that won't take long to fix up. Lots of love xxx

    • Zoey Dowling

      Thanks so much Meisha. Everything crossed that I get some good news tomorrow! xx

  3. Oh no! You silly duffer! I have no other words, but am sending all the vibes. Feeling your pain, lovely xox

  4. Bugger Kate, that's crap. Hope it's the best possible scenario for you. Rest up.

  5. Zoey Dowling

    Aww I have tears for you :( Injury is awful, not running is awful but good on you for getting to boot camp. I hope it helps clear your head in some way. I'm sending you all the love, all the strength and all the healthy vibes I have! Xo

    • Zoey Dowling

      Thanks Jo, I was thinking of you as I hauled myself out the door this morning! You have been a great inspiration to me with your attitude while you've been injured, so THANKYOU! xx

  6. Stress fractures are awful. It is hard to keep to plan when you love it and like to push yourself (I know as I have a habit of doing it too!) Wishing you a speedy recovery. Nic

    • Zoey Dowling

      Thanks so much Nic. I'll get the results of my CT scan tomorrow and have everything crossed that just maybe it isn't as far gone as that yet. I'm so not ready to give up my marathon hopes! But I'm happy to have found another option for fitness and I guess whatever happens I'll just do what I can and look forward to eventually getting back out on the trail.

  7. Oh no! That's awful Kate, wishing you a speedy recovery xxx

  8. Oh dear. Hope the results are better than you are expecting. I'm out too. Training for my first half marathon, and now have trochanteric bursitis and tendinopathy. Just had cortisone injected into the bursa about 3 hrs ago, so will know if it's going to help in the next few days. Really hoping yours isn't too bad.... x

    • Zoey Dowling

      Oh no Cathy!! I hope you aren't in too much pain and the cortisone helps a lot! So sorry to read this.

      • Just read your next post - awesome news. So good to hear it isn't as bad as thought. Cortisone seems to be helping and I'm doing some long haul swimming, so here's hoping for mine too! X