This post is about some questions I'm have and I hope that my few readers/lurkers will weigh in.
It's been a week and a half since the 50 miler and my running hasn't come back yet. I need to remind myself that I'm really not at the stage (and may never be) where I can bounce back quickly from a 50 mile race. I seem to do okay after a 50k and can usually get back into a reduced schedule the following week. But since Autumn Leaves I've had some lingering knee pain and now my foot has been bothering me...both on my right side. Neither were issues during the race, expect for perhaps a few random knee twinges during the last few miles. But I felt fine immediately afterward. Yesterday, my anxiety level was very high....worried that I might have a stress fracture in my foot. But I don't have any sharp pains and was able to run 3 miles on it this morning without pain. It's a little sore now, but the pain is more nervy. I'm sitting right now at my desk with my toes facing down/back, stretching the tops of me feet and shins, and I can feel it releasing. I have an appointment tomorrow with my chiropractor who does Graston and I'm looking forward to getting my whole leg worked on.
But really, this post wasn't meant to be about all my little aches and pains. My plan for the year, if I really ever had a plan, was to end with Autumn Leaves and then enjoy some rest and recovery time. But then the opportunity came along to participate in Across the Years. And it feels like a once in a lifetime chance. I was and am very excited about it! But I'm not sure my body is up for it at the moment. Maybe in a few weeks I'll feel differently. But right now I feel like I'm pushing when I shouldn't be. I'm very tempted to just drop the running for the time being and switch to walking. I've always planned on doing a lot of walking at Across the Years anyway. I think it's a given. Maybe after a few weeks of walking I'll get the itch to run again.
So my main question for those who know me and/or have experience with 48 hour races is: Do you think I can walk 100 miles in 48 hours? (But in all likelihood I'll do some running too.) I really want that 100 mile buckle.....