I had the great pleasure of meeting fellow blogger Mike and his family. He came down from Spokane to do a couple loops as he's preparing for his first 50k in April.
Last week I was cautiously nursing a tender Achilles. I was thinking of maybe not running any loops at the 50k (7.75 mile loops) - just hang there and cheer people on. I had a nice 8-mile run Wednesday night with my buddy Joe at a 7-min pace, so it didn't seem like it was too big of an issue, but I wanted to be extra cautious. I had similar tenderness/discomfort on the same leg last summer about two weeks before my marathon PR; I just took a few days off and gave it some good rest. Last Saturday, I skipped my 30-mile run just to be on the safe side. I ended up deciding that I'd do at least one loop of the 50k and see how things felt. Things didn't seem to be getting any worse, so I ran another loop. And then a third. I could have gone on for another lap, but the discomfort was enough that I decided to end my day at 23.25 miles (results). Two days later, it's still tender. I probably should have not run at all on Saturday. But I'll give it a few days off completely. Ice. Rest. Pizza. I'm not going to start worrying until next Monday if it's still tender. I think it will be okay.
|Low 20's at the start. Photo courtesy of Tales of the Runner.
|With Mike from Tales of the Runner.
|Sadie kept an eye on the bighorn sheep each loop.
|Icing my leg.
I'll have a detailed Atacama Crossing informational post up by this weekend.
In the meantime, keep