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Pullman Winter 50k #4 (a.k.a. The Achilles)

Posted Feb 21 2011 4:36pm
Saturday was the last of the Pullman Winter Series runs.  We had our biggest group yet, despite temperatures hovering in the low 20's at 8:00am. 

I had the great pleasure of meeting fellow blogger Mike and his family.  He came down from Spokane to do a couple loops as he's preparing for his first 50k in April. 

Last week I was cautiously nursing a tender Achilles. I was thinking of maybe not running any loops at the 50k (7.75 mile loops) - just hang there and cheer people on.  I had a nice 8-mile run Wednesday night with my buddy Joe at a 7-min pace, so it didn't seem like it was too big of an issue, but I wanted to be extra cautious.  I had similar tenderness/discomfort on the same leg last summer about two weeks before my marathon PR; I just took a few days off and gave it some good rest.  Last Saturday, I skipped my 30-mile run just to be on the safe side.  I ended up deciding that I'd do at least one loop of the 50k and see how things felt.  Things didn't seem to be getting any worse, so I ran another loop.  And then a third.  I could have gone on for another lap, but the discomfort was enough that I decided to end my day at 23.25 miles ( results ).  Two days later, it's still tender. I probably should have not run at all on Saturday.  But I'll give it a few days off completely.  Ice. Rest. Pizza.  I'm not going to start worrying until next Monday if it's still tender.  I think it will be okay.

Low 20's at the start. Photo courtesy of Tales of the Runner .

With Mike from  Tales of the Runner.
Beautiful day.
Sadie kept an eye on the bighorn sheep each loop.
Icing my leg.

I'll have a detailed Atacama Crossing informational post up by this weekend.

In the meantime, keep running RESTING!

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