Just a quick update for folks out there. I'm still in limbo regarding running at Zumbro. Last week I did a test run of 5 miles and it was very uncomfortable and slow. I also had video analysis of my running gait performed at Tria, as well as further PT evaluation. The video analysis showed I was favoring my right leg (no surprise there with the injury) and further evaluation was unable to reproduce the pain I experience while running. Consequently, I've been referred to another doctor at Tria who specializes in running injuries. That appointment isn't until April 6th.
Overall, I feel I'm making a little progress. The "knot" I used to feel in my right groin is gone, but I'm still getting feelings of tightness and occasional burning. I plan to give it short test on Wednesday to see how it's progressing. I also need to consult with my GP to get my thyroid medication dosage increased. I tell ya, it's only been just over 2 weeks since I've been able to run pain-free, but it feels like a month. How anyone doesn't go completely mental after not running for longer that is beyond me. I'm bouncing off the walls crazy right now, just dying to get back on the trails.
As far as Zumbro goes, I'm still very doubtful - not because of conditioning, but because of the risk of reinjury. 100 miles is A LOT of stress on the body and you need to be 100% healthy to finish without hurting yourself. Any small weakness will be greatly amplified. At this point, I really don't want to be out of commission any longer than I already have. Reinjuring myself and having to go through the recovery process all over again would be devastating at this point, not to mention that it would likely take longer the second time around.
That being said, I hope everyone out there is staying healthy and enjoying perhaps the driest and warmest March in memory. Best wishes go out to fellow blogger and runner Kel who is recovering from an achilles strain. I was glad to read many folks were out at Afton having a great time enjoying this early Spring treat of pleasant weather. Looks like Matt Patten is all fired up and ready to go for Zumbro, knocking out a PR for the 25k loop at Afton. Attaboy!!
Still seeing red.......................
Mile Plan C
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