It has been a little while since I last posted to this blog or been involved in the numerous blogs I follow, just a little over three weeks. While I would love to blame the holidays and post 50k depression, in reality I was knocked out due to a non-running injury that occurred a few days after my 50k race. Basically I was trying to handle some issues on the property where I live when I slipped on some mud and my knee went out from under me at an odd angle. It ended up being only a sprain, but it resulted in weeks of non activity. That injury left me in a bit of a depression as I was forced to do nothing but rest, elevate and ice the knee for several weeks So I took some time off from training and even from participating in this wordpress fitness community.
The resulting time off provided an unidentified need for some downtime from the physical abuse I put myself through getting to the finish of my first ultra marathon. After the weeks of forced rest without out adjusted eating habits I unfortunately have put on a little over ten pounds of additional weight. My first run back last Tuesday, Christmas eve, proved difficult. The extra weight and lack of fitness for weeks made a simple eight mile run difficult. I used to be able to run this eight mile route without out stopping in less than a 15 minute per mile pace. This first outing I was lucky if I could hit 16 mpm pace. It was terrible and sluggish. But the knee felt ok. The doctor told me to take it easy and ease back into my program.
Friday I decided to go trail running and I put in an eleven mile trail run in some beautiful rugged terrain. I know I was supposed to take it easy, but I could not help challenging myself a bit. Then on Sunday I finished off my first week back with a fun free local event that was set on a super wet, muddy, hilly six mile loop course. It was so wet out, my feet were never dry the entire day and often the rivers the course went over were deeper than usual. The entire course was often ankle deep or deeper under water. After two fun loops, I was muddy, wet and pretty banged up and settled for an after run beer. I completed two loops for roughly 13 miles.
So in my first week back to running, where I was told to take it easy I completed 31 miles of running, mostly on extremely technical trails and difficult circumstances. I am heavier than I was before my 50k and right now slower, but overall the knee feels good. So its time to get back to work, I have big plans for 2015. Til next time.