SQUAMISH 50: Weeks 8 & 9

The first attempt at a 50-miler. Admittedly, the first attempt at a training plan. And what I presume to be a 24-week journey of big ups and, I’m sure, gigantic downs.

Follow the leaps, face plants and lessons learned every Sunday for the SQ50 high-or-lowlight of the week.

Weeks 8 & 9: The Weeks I Shifted Expectations

The weeks go by and my foot continues to hover around 70% recovery. Its been here for weeks, not getting any worse but not particularly getting any better, despite daily rehab and strengthening exercises.

Until there’s some action, I figured I’d slow the updates to every other week. No one wants to come to a running blog to read about not running… amiright!?

Having said that, a few things have happened since the last entry. For starters, a couple of fast and light Adirondack mountain summits gave me hope that recovery was just around the bend. So much so I even went to the ol’ trails to test out the foot.

The run, a 3.6-kilometer loop, was more than I could have hoped for. I had expected to walk most of it, but in the absence of any pain or warning signs, managed to run it unbroken. While slow, the run itself was incredibly strong.

Later that evening, however, my heel decided to disagree.

Instead of admitting defeat, I find my mentality naturally shifting. I now foresee that my summer will be spent regaining the momentum I’ve lost in the past seven weeks (and counting). Even once I am able to run, it will still be a long road to get back to where I once was.

This realization has led to three major shifts:

  1. I have begun to lessen the emphasis on my summer goal and instead, find myself re-focusing on the fall.
  2. I’ve embraced the idea of dropping down to a shorter distance for Squamish and for 2018 as a whole. While a 50-miler may not be in the cards this year, I will continue to cross my fingers for a 50-km.
  3. I’ve become pretty enthusiastic about playing more of an active role in the trail community. In particular, I find myself looking for opportunities to volunteer, crew, and offer back some of the support I’ve received over the last year. It is one thing to go after your own goals, but how amazing would it be to help someone else reach theirs?

And there you have it: The new strategy for 2018.

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  1. glad you were able to get out! Feels good to move and be outside. And as a guide on recovery. Stiff and sore after a new activity is common. If it resolves within 36 hours and you’re back to pre-event baseline, its likely okay. If it takes longer than that, it was probably too much, and less or modifications are in order. (check with your providers on this, but I’ve used this guideline with good success over the years).

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    1. Really!! Steph you just gave me so much hope! It was back to normal the day after the day after (which should be 36?).

      I’ll take your advice and chat with my physio at tomorrow’s appointment, but maybe I’ll give it another shot this week 🙂

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  2. Volunteering in any capacity with the trail running community is a great thing! I loved going back out to my 1st 100 miler to see everyone rock it out and getting to help them get to the finish line strong!!

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  3. A 50k is still a big commitment and a big accomplishment. Glad to hear that your foot is getting better-ish. Crewing for a racer in an ultra was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my running “career”.

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    1. I can imagine how rewarding that would be! I’ve been asked to pace a fellow runner here on her first 100-miler, and really hope I can make that happen. Can’t think of a better way to support someone striving for their goal!

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