As I mentioned yesterday in my Weekly Mileage Recap, I’ve decided to pull out of my two 50K races in April due to my foot injury. Thankfully both of the races are freebies, so I’m not going to lose any money over it, but I’m pretty disappointed to have to miss out on them (I’ll admit it, I cried when I made the decision to withdraw). Overall though, I feel better now that I’ve made that decision. The pressure of trying to prepare for those races while recovering from an injury was counterproductive, and I wasn’t getting anywhere. Two weeks of half-training and half-resting resulted in no forward progress in either healing or training, so something had to give. Now that I don’t have to worry about racing in April, I’m going to take the next couple of weeks off and just focus on recovery.
I don’t know about you, but when I am forced to take time off sometimes I do some crazy things. Usually it involves some kind of retail therapy, like buying new running clothes (always fun!), or recovery aids (very practical ), or–my favorite–signing up for more races (completely irrational)! I know, I have no idea what possesses me!
Ok, so this time around I haven’t done any of those things…yet. BUT I did apply to be Far North‘s running representative at the New England Mountain Running Circuit, a series of seven mountain races starting in May and ending in October. They’re looking for someone to run at least six of the races and write about their experiences for the Far North blog, which is totally right up my alley–I love Far North, I love blogging, and I love mountain running!
The t-shirt design is pretty awesome, too!
I did think long and hard (we’re talking at least 5 minutes ) about whether or not I’d be able to handle these races given my current status on the injured list. My conclusion is that since most of the races are 10K’s or less, my injury won’t be an issue, even if it doesn’t heal in time for the first race in May.
Ordinarily I wouldn’t have even considered signing up for races this short–I haven’t done anything less than a 50K in almost three years! But since my body seems to be rebelling against the rigors of ultra running, I figured these races would help me embrace the world of shorter races again. Here’s hoping they pick me! I want to be a mountain goat!