Monday, January 24, 2011

Upcoming Challenges

The Green Jewel 50k is coming up in about 5 weeks. It should be easier than Bigfoot but I am a bit nervous that I may not be up to par for another 50k quite yet. One reason being, I have been having ITB problems or what I am calling ITB problems. It may just be arthritis as I was a figure skater when I was younger and crashing on my knees was not an uncommon occurrence. I would develop horrible knots/calcium deposits from falling on them.

Some days the side of my knee is better, some days worse. Sometimes it starts hurting under 3 miles others it takes 6 miles before I feel a twinge. Its fairly discouraging. I've even actually started warming up properly before running and after running I stretch now and I'll take an anti-inflammatory. Sometimes, I'll even water jog or swim to see if that will help. I had a 38 mile week last week so I'm hoping to get past the 40 mark and hopefully enter back into the 50 mile weeks soon.

I also signed up for the Laurel Highlands Ultra in June. It's a 77 mile trail race in PA and according to the race's website there was only a 50% finishing rate in 2010. I think it may be a good training race for the Leadville 100 in August or at least the best I'll be able to do before then. I considered signing up for the Mohican 100 instead but I have a running friend who was pushing for Laurel and I thought, why the hell not?

I've mostly been running indoors lately due to my knee and the shock absorption the treadmill provides. I'll be glad when I can get back out there, it is very hard mentally for me to run on a treadmill because it can be SOOO boring and there are so many factors that can annoy me-mostly the other people in the gym, or the fact that it's like training in a damn greenhouse, it gets so humid in there.

Sidenote-I'm getting to be a pro at the stability board.

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