Sunday, March 30, 2008
Well this was a pretty productive week for me as far as training and rehabbing the leg went. After my long training weekend at 3 Days which is what I'm calling it now. I took another four days off completely from running then started back into the daily grind of getting in the mileage. The trick for me this time around though is just how much and how hard? I need to do the right amount as to not lose the base I'd built pre 3 Days but not so much to where I injure the leg again. I think I managed to find the right combination of hill work and easy running. Along with a couple of slightly but not too fast tempo runs that help me maintain some kind of form. With the Freestate Ultras just four short weeks away. Its very important that I stay focused and pay close attention to what my body is telling me. If something doesn't feel right I shouldn't hesitate to back off the pace or bag it all together for that day.
To help with the issues I have with muscle imbalances in my leg. I've begun to lift again and have been doing a lot of stretching also to keep things limber. It seems to be helping and I plan to make it a permanent part of my routine. Things are starting to look positive again and if I don't do anything stupid I should be able to run fairly well at Freestate. No predictions or expectations this time for me though. If I have any at all it would be to just finish strong but mainly just finish. I'm sure there will be a few tough runners this year being its a K.C. Trail Nerd event. Bad Ben and company always find a way to attract the areas top talent to their races. I still haven't decided whether or not I want to do the 100km or the 40 mile distance there. It all depends on where I'm at conditioning wise and how I really feel. I'll decide in a week or so which race I want to try and tackle.
I've posted some pictures from last years event complete with pics of the snazzy hardware they give away for finishing. If you ever have a chance to run an Ultra in Kansas then this is going to be one you want to put on your calender.
"A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. It's all a matter of pride."