Thursday, January 10, 2013

Back in the Saddle

Alright. We're back.

After suffering through a seemingly neverending recovery from a stooopid achilles injury suffered way back in July, weeks of zero miles, all the while watching my fitness disappear and the weight pile back on, I made some changes which have finally allowed me to start back on the track of stacking back on the miles.

The addition of a fairly burly night splint to keep my achilles from tightening, and a switch to a pair of my higher drop shoes to take some of the load off the tendons and ligaments in my ankle, seems to have done the trick for the moment. We're not pain-free, but its no longer debilitating, nor is it the first thing on my mind when running down the road. As great as the Rogue Racers are, long term the shoe switch is probably not going to work out, especially as I start running trail ultras again. But, in the meantime I'm just going to enjoy being able to get back out there and put down 3-4 relatively pain-free miles.

I've tentatively put Geoff Roes' Mountain Ultrarunning Camp on my calendar for 2013, and I really want to go back to Glacial Trail and see if I can finally get that monkey off my back. But, that being said, I realize that I've got a long road ahead and I'm going to make sure I'm 100 percent confident in the state of my body before I go and do something monumentally stupid that sets me back for a long time.