Friday, July 22, 2011

Taking it Easy

Well Vermont did not go as planned. After training very hard and going into the race in really good shape, I was brought down after only 50K by an ankle injury. I started feeling some pain in the ankle several weeks ago after running a local 5K. Over the next few weeks the pain would come and go; I figured with some rest leading up to the race everything would be OK - I was wrong. I took off with the leaders at a fairly aggressive pace for a 100 mile race. After about 10 miles I began feeling the pain in my ankle and after 20 miles I could not push off it normally, and backed off from the lead group. At mile 31 I met Anne for the first time and took off my shoe to reveal my swollen ankle. At that point my race was over - only a little over 4 hours after it began. It came down to making a difficult decision, but I did not want to risk further damage to my ankle and the possibility of a prolonged absence from running. I will live to race another day.

The one positive is that Anne and I were able to start celebrating our Anniversary a little early. We had a good time just relaxing and spending some quality time with each other. When we got back home I went to the foot and ankle specialist (the same one I saw last Fall, same ankle - different problem). He determined I had damaged my Posterior Tibial Tendon, but luckily it had not completely ruptured. So some physical therapy and a little more support for that foot should fix me up.

I did pick a good week to take some time off (both work and running), with the weather being near 100 with matching humidity. I've also been able to use the extra time to show the boys how to weed the garden, make tomato sauce, and put together a train set. Although Gavin has missed his normal time in the running stroller:)

Right now I am forced to take it real easy, but I should be back to normal training in a few weeks and can begin focusing on the Fall racing season. I am currently thinking about running in the 24 hour Championship in September. It is not necessarily my preferred type of running, but the type of training I've been doing and am able to do where we currently live probably suit me well for a race like this. After that I will either run Oil Creek or Grindstone. I am getting a lot of pressure to run Grindstone, and it looks like it will have a really good field of runners. However, I really want to go back to Oil Creek after being pulled at mile 85 last year. We'll see, but first things first, I have to get this ankle back to 100%.

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