The back is better. Ten days off is all it needed. The recent rainstorms have cleared the air a bit and I'm breathing better, so the second issue may be gone soon as well. That leaves the heel/achilles problems; turns out I do NOT have a stress fracture (sort of a referred pain thing that confused me) - yay, me! - and the pain is only apparent now when pressing the tendon between thumb and forefinger and then moving the fingers up or down.
I could run. I want to run. I really, really want to run, but I'm going to hold off until I know I'm 100%.
There's the In Yan Teopa 10 Mile this weekend and I'm tempted to go down and say hi to everyone and maybe take pictures (hah!), but I know I couldn't resist the temptation to run if I did. If you've never done it, it's a fun race and I use the coffee mugs I've received from the race daily (my Voyageur 50 Mile ones hold pencils and pens).
Last night, there was a storm and I tried to ignore it, as I haven't had a good night's sleep in a week. No sirens, so as bad as it sounded, I figured it wasn't much. Today I get to find out how good my insurance is: my car has some hail damage and my neighbor's walnut tree broke a fence (the blasted ash trees that'll be killed by ash borers are, of course, fine). Power lines are being repaired here, but two blocks in any direction and you can't tell there was a storm.
Just one more piece of evidence that Nature hates me.
I've had time to think about next year. I'm going to do the Superior Sawtooth 100. I'm going to train properly for it, get a crew, learn to get the food and fluids problems worked out.
I don't want to just drag myself through the finish like my last two 100's. I want to nail this sucker.
5 days ago