It’s been pretty quiet here on the blog so I figured I was due an update as to where I’ve been, what I’m up to, and what my future plans are.
ITB injury in February. It got better, I ran a few 50k’s as MMT prep but apparently I put the mileage back on too quickly, causing it to injure again at Promise Land. I made the decision to drop from MMT and, given the epic weather that they had this year, I am happy with that decision. Instead, I helped crew for Amy Sproston at MMT and she won the women’s field just under 25 hours. (I took a ton of pics and put them up on my Flickr account).
After some time off, the ITB is feeling great now and Coach Mike has me SLOWLY putting the mileage back on. Not going to make the same mistake we made the first time around so we’re taking the conservative route. I can tell that I’ve lost some speed and some endurance, but it’ll come back soon enough so I’m not fretting it too much. For now I’m just enjoying being able to run pain free.
Aside from building back up the speed and endurance (which might take a while), I’m pretty excited about what’s coming up. In July I will be crewing and pacing for my friend Alisa Springman at the Badwater Ultramarathon. Pretty sweet, huh? (For those not familiar with Badwater, it’s 135 miles through Death Valley in the middle of the summer). Alisa did pretty well at Badwater last year so she earned herself a slot in the elite 10am start time. I’m going to need to start heat training soon, and one option is running outside with multiple layers of jackets, sweaters, leggings, hats, etc. However, I don’t really want to be that weird guy in the neighborhood, so I think I’ll try to find a sauna instead. Either way, I’m not a huge fan of ridicuously hot weather so I’m not totally looking forward to it. On the plus side, it will make the rest of my summer runs seem relatively easy, so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much.
So that’s what’s going on these days. Until Badwater I won’t really have much to post in terms of ultra events, but I should be doing some more skydiving so I’ll try to get good pics/video to post. Until then…