Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Simple e-Mail

I've considered several posts about the situation I find myself in but haven't quite figured out how or what I really want to say. This email string pretty much tells the story in far less words than any post I've composed in my head.

Hi Darrell,

Did you get to run Catalina? How are your legs? We hope you will heal in time for the Big Sur. When is your next state marathon? Be sure to put April 19th on your calendar for the Big Sur get together.

See you soon,

John and Dorothy


John & Dorothy,

I've definitely put the 19th on the calendar.

I did not run Catalina. The docs think I probably have a stress fracture. X-rays are inconclusive but there is a tell tale pain on the bone. Everyone recommended against Catalina so I finally listened. Big Sur looks doubtful at this point as well. It is only 6 weeks away. If I take 6 weeks off there is no way I'll be ready for a marathon. I may not even be ready for a leg of the relay, which I may consider if there was an opening. We'll be going anyway since Tyler is running one of the relay legs.

No states are planned this year yet, except for possibly Tennessee in December. I've got to let the leg heal up completely if I have any hope of running 38 more states someday.

Take care,


Joe said...


This is a bummer piece of news, Darrell. Sorry to hear it.

However a bad diagnosis is better than no diagnosis. You can figure out how to treat this.

There is a grieving process as well, which you may be working through. Let it work its way out.

Sorry to hear this...many prayers for the recovery.

Wes said...

You've been going at it hard. Looks like your body wants ya to take a little break. I know you will come out of this stronger.

Sarah said...

I can feel your disappointment, Darrell. I'm sorry. I know exactly how you feel. Be conservative and let yourself heal. You'll be back. (That's what I keep telling myself.) Take care!

Anonymous said...

what a sad post... :(

but I know you will heal up and be back at it stronger than before!!


DREW said...

The fact that you're probably not running Big Sur IS a bummer.

On the other hand, I've already started saving up to go next year so maybe we can say hi.

Praying for speedy recovery.

Donald said...

Simple e-mail, huge problem. Yikes.

I'm very sorry to hear this, and I'd be totally bummed if you can't do Big Sur. But since you're up here anyway, I'll still look forward to seeing you.

Rest and heal, dude. Good luck.

angie's pink fuzzy said...

oh man :(

Rae said...

Oh wow, that's tough to hear. Take care and follow the docs advice I know you'll knock off the rest of the states.

Backofpack said...

It's a little blip on the radar Darrell, though I can imagine how disappointed you are. Hope we get to see you in Big Sur anyway! Heal, buddy, heal!

PreFan1982 said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hope you get to run in those other 38 states!
Come back by for Part 2...

Anne said...

Oh, Darrell. I feel your pain. I really do. Get a bone scan to be sure it's a stress fracture and then take it easy. Only time heals that injury. You did the right thing backing out of Catalina -- that course is tough even when you're in tip-top shape.

Danny said...


that really sucks. it's hard to see beyond this now, but the day will come where this in the past, and doesn't seem as bad as it does now.

hang in there.

Neese said...

agh. I'm sorry to hear this Darrell. Keep us updated. Happy Easter. (P.S. I'll say hi to Wellington for you I'm heading up for a few days later next week) :)

PreFan1982 said...

Happy Easter to you and yours!!!

scott keeps running said...


keep us updated. we're all hoping for the best.

Annette said...

Bummer! It's hard to take, but you have to take care of your body so that you can continue to run in the future. Rest up, heal well, and we'll be hearing about your next adventures in no time!

robtherunner said...

Sorry to hear the news, Darrell. I've been there before. 4-6 weeks no running and ease back into it slowly. You probably have this all figured out already and advice doesn't really help when you can't run. Let me just say I'll be praying for a quick recovery.

David said...

I took an online running survey recently and I felt like Tom Cruise's rival, Rodney (?), in "Days of Thunder." The question was about how I would feel if I was injured and could not run. How would I cope?

The answer is you don't talk about such things. It's too depressing. Just like NASCAR drivers. They don't want to talk about post crash injuries.

Tough break Daryl. I hope you'll stick around and keep us company. We'll do the same for you.

Neese said...

Thanks :) I'm heading there this afternoon....arriving Cleveland 6pm...I think it's cool and rainy but that's better than a snow storm :)

If I pass through Well. I'll take a photo :D