U.S. marathoner Galen Rupp will not be running any marathons next spring. The athlete is recovering from an operation on his left foot last Friday to repair a condition known as Haglund’s Deformity, a bony growth on his heel that was causing tears in his achilles tendon. Rupp sat out the Copenhagen Half-Marathon on September 16, which he’d been planning as a tune-up race for the Chicago Marathon on October 7, in which he finished fifth, with a time of 2:06:21.
A report in Portland’s The Oregonian says Rupp actually has the condition in both feet, but only the left has caused trouble for him. Finishing the Chicago marathon in some discomfort, the foot was very swollen the following day, and the decision was made to operate so as to prevent a complete rupture of the tendon.
Rupp will be in a cast for four weeks, then a boot, and hopes to resume running by late January, if all goes well.
Rupp and his wife Keara are expecting their fourth child in February.