" I think UltraRunners must have a very poor memory or no one would do another race. You tend to forget the pain and misery and only remember the thrill of accomplishment. Sometimes you even welcome the pain because it causes you to overcome your weaknesses and become a little stronger each time." ~ Bethany Hunter (UltraRunner)
Well folks, two weeks after the McNaughton 50 miler, I'm still having some ankle issues that is not going away anytime soon.
The Ultra race did a little dance on my ankle.
So Ultra training plan B, C, and D is going into effect this week. Time on the boring elliptical trainer and StairMaster. I have less than 2 weeks to bring myself to the starting line of my second 50 mile UltraMarathon in four weeks.
Hmmm, what to do?
1) Do I show up?
2) Do I D.N.S.
3) Do I drop down to the 50k?
So I guess the decision for me for now is going to behind door #1. I think I have enough fitness to be able to make it all the way. I guess trying to do Half-Ass of something is better than Half-Ass of nothing. That's my thought anyway.
Do I run the risk of further injury? Maybe or Maybe not. Proceed with caution, I've been told.
It's just 10 miles than repeat 5 times. Right? For me it is more of a scouting mission or planting the seed for maybe next year's run of the Kettle 100. Plus I really wanted to wear my new trial running hat that appeared on my door step one fine day.
On the IM training front, a semi-solid full fledged training week minus the running :( A second straight week of outdoor bike rides (40 & 50 miles over the weekend, it's a start) and two flat tires. A flat tire for the second straight week as well. Some days I think I would rather be running.