SBTR 100K (well more like 50K)

Written by arnokroner on . Posted in injury, mind, nutrition, race, ultra distance

bibI had just gotten off course twice in the last hour, it was noon, my heart was pounding, I was puking, it was hot, still a big climb away from the aid station. I was calculating: time to recover at aid station + who knows the conditions ahead + wanting to finish before 9pm (we started at 7am) = might as well stop now = where do I get a ride? One hour before I was chasing the guy in front of me and I was giddy at the thought of a sub-12 for a 100K!

 I quit a race yesterday – after about 30 miles. It was the first time I quit a foot race. It’s not like I didn’t make a cut off or got pulled out by race personnel. I was plunging to exhaustion and was going to end up in an helicopter flying to the Santa Barbara ER (if only there would have been a spot for an helicopter to land in that dense brush and savanah of the Santa Ynez mountains). Quitting was right. I’m grateful I came back in one piece and I am satisfied with the way I handled every situation that arose. Although I can’t pinpoint what went wrong exactly I can definitely see the chain of events that led to quitting.

injury recovery

Written by arnokroner on . Posted in injury, recovery

I can’t remember the last time I got hurt running. I’ve been injury free for years, the only hurt came from bike crashes. It’s easier to recover from blunt trauma than from a overuse injury. An overuse injury is a cumulative trauma disorder, tissue (or bone) damage that results from repetitive demand over  time. I hurt my right calf muscle/tendon almost two weeks ago and I’ve learned a lot in the healing of such an injury.

What Happened

I had increased my running volume, I ran a 33 mile hill course with no problem and a speedy recovery. The following week I ran a 26.2 and felt tightness in the muscles/tendons on the back of my right knee. I didn’t stretch after any of these runs. Bad boy! The day after the 26.2 I cycled for about an hour and it all seemed fine the day after that. I went on a 8mi hill run. On my run in Griffith Park there is this fence that I always jump over… 1..2..3.. jump! And ouch. The spring motion from the jump put too much stress on my right calf tendon/muscles juncture and it hurt a lot. A lot. I couldn’t walk. I had to call my spouse to pick me up (this never happened!). She had brought ice, how sweet and appropriate.

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