An even bigger challenge to me than running while injured is finding a goal now that my options seem limited. The days of winning races outright appear to be over and the Minnesota age-class records are either out of reach (2:30:50 marathon at age 50?!) or of little interest to me (for example, the 400m record). Trying for a state championship is pointless, as there's a current group in my age class I cannot catch; the exception might be the trail championship, the 25K at Afton - the (over-50) 50K record there is easier than that for the 25K, but it's no championship; unfortunately, Afton falls at the height of allergy season for me. That leaves trying for the over-50 records at individual races... but I can't think of any that I could try for that anyone else would care about.
There is one other thing that's entered the collective conscience locally. Now that the Superior Hiking Trail has been extended to 286 miles (from 205), it's time for a new Fastest Known Time and a few people have been considering it. The shorter distance has been done under 5 days, once unsupported and I think I could do the full distance in 6 (and maybe down to 4 if I didn't sleep... being able to go without sleep for days is one reason I sometimes consider doing 6 Day races, even though I'm not good at 24 Hours). Of course, my heels would have to co-operate and I'd have to do it before having surgery (... if I'm having it).
The real problem with that: it can't be done without some help, if only to have someone drive one from the end back to where I'd leave my car. I don't think anyone would be willing to check on my progress from day to day, much less accompany me on the night sections. Even if I did it, without any help, I doubt anyone would believe it.
There's the loneliness of the long distance runner.
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