Western States 2014 Race Report – DNS

Being injured always sucks.  Being injured right before a big race sucks even more.  Being injured right before a big race when a bunch of your friends are fit and ready to roll is the worst.  Right now I’m in the last position.  After finishing a 4 mile run this morning I think I have finally reached some form of enlightenment.  If your hamstring hurts and progresses to get worse after a 4 mile run you can’t run a 100 miles.  As much as I want to toe the line in Squaw and “gut” out a finish it just doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

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TBT: My First 50k

From time to time I want to write about prior races that I have participated in.  Most will be from memory, which should be entertaining.  This one is not.  Neither entertaining nor from memory, its actually an old blog post from an old blog.  Much more of a race summary than a race experience.  Hope it does not scare people off from reading this blog in the future and feel free to stop reading this post halfway through.  

Still sported the ultra-goat back in the day.

Still sported the ultra-goat back in the day.

Well what better way to start off this blog about my training by talking about my first 50K race. This race, the Psycho Wyco 50K, takes place at Wynadotte Lake in Kansas City, Kansas. There is also a 5K, 10 miler, and 20 miler race. Each loop is 10.35 measured by Garmin.

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NBD: Injured with less than 30 days until Western

This was not how it was suppose to go.  I was suppose to recover from Ice Age and come back putting in my best training block of the year. I was supposed to be healthy & fit, toeing the line with the best 100 mile field in North America on June 28th in Squaw.  It was not suppose to be the time for my plantar fasciitis that I have been dealing with for more than 6 months to flair up, nor was it the ideal time for a manageable hamstring issue to move to a debilitating hamstring injury.  Yet that is where I find myself currently.

Stupidity is commonly defined as doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.  The last few weeks I have been training stupidly; 2 days off, 1 run that hurts, 2 days off, another run that hurts.  I was expecting my body to heal itself without providing a novel stimulus to allow that to happen.  That’s not how physiology works, and I should know better.  After doing some self-diagnosing (always dangerous) combined with an some Active Release Therapy appointment (30 minutes and $185 later) I have an understanding of the problem.  It could be general tightness (manageable) or it could be an upper hamstring tendinopathy (6-12 weeks for recovery).

Regardless of the cause, the treatment is similar. There is a certain amount of relief in knowing what actions are necessary to remedy the problem.  It starts with diligent attention to my plantar issue, followed by eccentric strengthening of the hamstrings, combined with a bit of core work thrown in.  That is the action plan just to get healthy, but because I am not running I need to take an alternative approach to get fit.  Being injured is exhausting. Continue reading