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!”
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.”
Someone just left on his first run after getting a clean CT scan. No more sacral stress fracture! (Short run, he promises.) pic.twitter.com/g6Z6n1DIC1
— Linda Barton-Robbins (@lindabear78) June 28, 2019
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.
Up next for the ultrarunner, after some time spent training, is hopefully a late in the year 50 milers or 100K event.