Though not a trail race nor even a road race - it's run on a 400m track - here's my latest effort at running an ultra.
Dawn To Dusk RR
2014 Goals: Run first trail ultra, first 100K, and see what I can do in a 24-Hour race
Nice job, George. How are the joints feeling now?
The decision to drop, for me, is always about damage. I'll run through pain, but if I think I'm potentially causing damage, then it's time to stop. Sounds like that was the case for you. If your swelling continued or got worse, you were doing damage, so you made the right call.
The ankle seems fine but the knee is still a little iffy. I'm keeping my recovery runs to the 4-6 miles range for now. I'm moving slowly but don't have much in the way of muscle stiffness.
Great job! Even though you didn't attain the goals you set out for, at least you recognized there was something wrong and didn't overdo it. Good luck at North Coast!
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Congratulations on the 46 miles, nice job!
While the distance might be mangeable in a trail race, it's a totally different beast on a track. No shade, too, I guess?
The sheer number of laps alone makes me dizzy already!
Run for fun.
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you must have felt right at home on the track...how was running the other way?
6/21 - Manitou's Revenge 54mi
A man may never run the same trail twice for it is not the same trail and he is not the same man
Long ago I got into the habit of running my warm up and cool down the other way when I ran track workouts. For all that it sounds boring, I had no problems with running so many laps. It was nice having a monitor giving lap count, distance, and time for the lap every time we crossed the timing mat. It brought back memories of my first 24 hour event back in 1972, 42 years ago, when I ran a 24-hour relay. I posted A Bit of Nostalgia, Bragging, and a Lesson Learned over in the Beginners and Beyond Group about that race.