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Gary Robbins has started training for Barkley 2020

Robbins' stress fracture is healed and he's getting back to running

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Gary Robbins got back a clear CT scan on Thursday, indicating that his sacral stress fracture had healed. Robbins joked in his Instagram post, “Barkley 2020 training starts TODAY!”

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Hey look, I finally have a friendly CT scan image. Sacral stress fracture be gone! I've been green-lighted, am all healed up and cleared for contact again!! WOOHOO! Barkley 2020 training starts TODAY! 🙂 It's felt like an insanely long six month stretch with absolutely no running, since the initial fracture occurred way back on December 24th (Merry x-mas to me), and when lopped onto last year's femoral head fracture, which took me out for 4+ months, I've been sidelined for the better part of a year now. I was certainly fortunate that throughout most of this I've been able to cycle mostly pain free and have maintained at least a decent level of fitness. So far in 2019 I've managed about 250 hours of riding and gym work, and I'm just so excited to start to round out my training with a reasonable return to run program over the coming months. The biking has been my saving grace, both road and mountain, and I'm even adding a gravel bike to the quiver later this month 🙂 As a 42 year old who still harbors competitive ultra distance, trail racing goals (not just the damn Barkley), I know that going forward the biking will be a solid part of my overall training plan, and I'm just so excited to really start to explore my entire new backyard here in Chilliwack this summer, via running, gravel riding, mountain biking and road riding. It's gonna be a great summer! Let the adventures begin!! I have to give special thanks to all of those who've worked with me over the last six months to assist me in getting me back to good, in no particular order: Jim Bovard / Matt Thompson / Jenn Turner / Dory Boyer / Luke Nelson / Val Burke / Michael Ryan / Deanna McMullen / Graham Poole / Soroush Khoshroo And of course to my RUNNING sponsors, for continuing to support me while I did everything BUT run thus far this year. Salomon / Suunto / Princeton Tec / Drymax Socks / Squirrel's Nut Butter / Trail Butter / Endurance Tap At this exact moment, I'm looking to target a late in the year 50 miler or 100 km event, assuming all continues to go well over the coming months. Here's hoping!

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Robbins has been sidelined for about a year, dealing with a femoral head fracture before his sacral stress fracture. He wrote on Instagram, “I was certainly fortunate that throughout most of this I’ve been able to cycle mostly pain free and have maintained at least a decent level of fitness. So far in 2019 I’ve managed about 250 hours of riding and gym work, and I’m just so excited to start to round out my training with a reasonable return to run program over the coming months. The biking has been my saving grace.”

Robbins has attempted the Barkley Marathon three times and fallen short on all three occasions. The race, which typically takes place in the last week of March or first week of April, is one of the most difficult trail races in the world. The Barkley gives a small field of runners 60 hours to try and finish five 20-mile loops through mountainous and challenging terrain, while using their orienteering skills to navigate the course, which is not marked. In more than 30 years, just 15 people have finished the race.

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Up next for the ultrarunner, after some time spent training, is hopefully a late in the year 50 milers or 100K event.