Bone-breaking

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What is the meaning of bone-breaking in this passage? Thanks.

As greatly as I admired Deena after she earned a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics, my admiration grew further still after her heartbreaking — rather, bone-breaking — race in the 2008 Olympic marathon where she was forced to drop out after less than five miles because of a stress fracture in her foot.”
 

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The stress of competitive running actually broke one of the bones in her foot.
 

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Can it be understood metaphorically as in this sentence?

Oh, after bone-breaking day under the scorching sun, to sit and listen to the white-bearded professor going on and on about possible caravan mercantile connections between China and Volga...
 

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It's not natural.
 

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No. It is not a metaphor at all. It is a simple statement of fact.
 
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