I’ve been incredibly busy since I started really putting in the training time for my ultra. Between training for 13-16 hours a week, sneaking afternoon naps, caring for my dependant son, and fulfilling my housewifely duties… it’s been nothing short of insane. All of this on 3-4 hours of broken sleep at night.
My iliotibial band injury has been getting much better. It still flares up on runs over 2 hours, but I’ve continued to run through pain and have learned to manage it on the trail. As long as I ice it and take some ibuprofen, the knee bounces back very quickly from long runs. Granted, I’m certain it would be healing a lot faster if I were not constantly aggravating it, but I’ve ruled that option out at least until after my race in June. For now, I can live with and manage the pain, and I’m not very concerned about getting through my race with it.
On a more somber note, my compartment syndrome has returned again in full force. Following a 35 miler during a 70-mile week, my shins started swelling and throbbing only a quarter mile into a recovery run. I continued to try to work with it last week and finished the week off with a 40-mile run and a 62-mile week where I was just barely sliding through the runs with tight calves and shins. It was somewhat pathetic, and I really ended up with some poor quality workouts. This week I’ve shifted into damage control mode in hopes of sparing this weekend’s 32-mile long run. Next week I’ll be 3 weeks out from the ultra, and it’ll be time for pure recovery.
Obviously I choke all the injury up to quick mileage and distance increases. I’ve also been doing a lot of intense hillwork during the week which is likely not helping much. I’ve managed to get through the bulk of training though without much issue until just now. Being less than 4 weeks out, the majority of hay is in the barn, so taking time to recover at this point won’t be an issue.