Jordan McNamara wrote:
I saw your tweet (asking if I was injured) and figured I'd give you a full explanation of my current situation. First off, thanks. In my modest successes, letsrun.com has always elected to view my performances in a positive light, which I've always appreciated greatly. Professional athletes, especially those outside of the "1%", voluntarily live a difficult existence. Many sacrifice their health, energy, and earning capability in pursuit of far-away goals. Though many athletes avoid message boards, often, word reaches them through the grapevine. Hurtful words, uttered by some nameless whoever, add a small incline to the sport that requires the small fish to swim even harder upstream. So thanks for the kind words- they've always been noticed.
To the point: four days ago, I developed pain on the medial side of my right foot. The pain quickly worsened, and was increased by spikes. I've fractured my left navicular bone twice (requiring surgery in 2010) and clearly remember both the symptoms and the six-month-layoff that occurred. I quickly made the decision to get an MRI, which yesterday, showed a clean navicular bone, but swelling within the surrounding ligament that if left unchecked, could develop into a bone issue.
If this were an Olympic of World year, I would tape it up and suck it up, but at 27, I know I must make hard decisions with the big picture in mind. Despite my heartbreak, I opted not to run the 2014 USA Championships. Ultimately, a 2014 USA title would mean little if it ended up costing me my 2015 season.
I caught this set-back very early & am receiving treatment now. The prognosis looks good: 5-7 days off, swelling and pain permitting. This time line would allow me to still race the European season, and chase the 3:50 mile that I've wanted this year. The timing of this minor issue is lousy, but as you know (Wejo- you had navicular surgery?) this is one injury I refuse to dance with. Sorry for the bad news. I'll be working hard every day to make this right.
All the best guys,