Since the day he had surgery on his Achilles last October, Galen Rupp has had October 13 circled on his calendar. The 2019 Chicago Marathon would mark a return to competition for an athlete who won here in 2017 and claimed Olympic bronze in the marathon in 2016, but hasn’t lined up at a single starting line this year.

The road to recovery hasn’t been entirely smooth. He said he has lost strength, muscle, and agility in his time away from running. Pain still arises in his left heel, where he had some bone shaved off to repair damage from a genetic condition called Haglund’s deformity. Rupp also had tears in both peroneal tendons, which wrap around the outside of the ankle bone, on that leg. Doctors have told him the pain might take as long as 14 months to resolve.

When asked about his fitness in the prerace press conference, he admitted, “I’m kind of wondering about it too, to be honest.”

More in category

Bad Orgasms: No, Not All Orgasms Are Pleasurable Or Wanted
October 20, 2019mindbodygreen
Bad Orgasms: No, Not All Orgasms Are Pleasurable Or Wanted
4th person dead in Legionnaires' outbreak tied to hot tubs at N.C. state fair
October 20, 2019NBC News
4th person dead in Legionnaires' outbreak tied to hot tubs at N.C. state fair
This Two-Story Tiny House Comes Complete With a Deck and 2 Bedrooms
October 20, 2019Prevention
This Two-Story Tiny House Comes Complete With a Deck and 2 Bedrooms
I Never Used Clean Red Lipstick — Until I Found This Game-Changer
October 20, 2019mindbodygreen
I Never Used Clean Red Lipstick — Until I Found This Game-Changer
85-Year-Old Runner Keeps Racking Up Medals
October 20, 2019Runner's World
85-Year-Old Runner Keeps Racking Up Medals
These Sweet Potato Breakfast Patties Are Packed With Protein
October 20, 2019mindbodygreen
These Sweet Potato Breakfast Patties Are Packed With Protein
First-time evidence suggests that fat can accumulate in the lungs
October 20, 2019MedicalNewsToday
First-time evidence suggests that fat can accumulate in the lungs
10 Years Of Well-Being At mindbodygreen: A Timeline
October 19, 2019mindbodygreen
10 Years Of Well-Being At mindbodygreen: A Timeline
Is Your Partner Always Defensive? Here's What To Do & Why It Happens
October 19, 2019mindbodygreen
Is Your Partner Always Defensive? Here's What To Do & Why It Happens
How Author & Yoga Teacher Kathryn Budig Spends Her Days Off
October 19, 2019mindbodygreen
How Author & Yoga Teacher Kathryn Budig Spends Her Days Off
Study: The best time to exercise is before breakfast
October 19, 2019MSN
Study: The best time to exercise is before breakfast
Ear Seeds: 4 Benefits Of These Acupressure Tools + Guide To Apply
October 19, 2019mindbodygreen
Ear Seeds: 4 Benefits Of These Acupressure Tools + Guide To Apply
Here's what happened when I went from walking 500 steps to 10,000 every day
October 19, 2019MSN
Here's what happened when I went from walking 500 steps to 10,000 every day
These Are the Absolute Best Foods for Weight Loss
October 19, 2019Prevention
These Are the Absolute Best Foods for Weight Loss
Meat, poultry products recalled over allergens and unsanitary conditions
October 19, 2019MSN
Meat, poultry products recalled over allergens and unsanitary conditions
48-Year-Old Preschool Teacher Takes On Trials
October 19, 2019Runner's World
48-Year-Old Preschool Teacher Takes On Trials
Working Out Before Breakfast Can Balance Your Blood Sugar, Study Finds
October 18, 2019mindbodygreen
Working Out Before Breakfast Can Balance Your Blood Sugar, Study Finds
Bernard Lagat Trying to Make Sixth Olympic Team
October 18, 2019Runner's World
Bernard Lagat Trying to Make Sixth Olympic Team
The Week That Wasn't: Viagra BMTs, Pregnancy Stress, Breast Cancer Vaccine
October 17, 2019Medscape
The Week That Wasn't: Viagra BMTs, Pregnancy Stress, Breast Cancer Vaccine
Lady Gaga shared her post-show recovery routine and it sounds excruciating
October 18, 2019MSN
Lady Gaga shared her post-show recovery routine and it sounds excruciating
EMA Panel Endorses New Indications for Two Cancer Drugs
October 17, 2019Medscape
EMA Panel Endorses New Indications for Two Cancer Drugs