Here's the latest:
I'm heading south tomorrow morning for the Iron Horse 100, but most likely I won't be running in the race. That said, the last two days of applying Weapons-Grade analgesics to my shin have actually brought about a tiny bit of improvement. Sure, that "improvement" is the difference between walking 100 feet without pain and walking 200 feet without pain, but it is something. I'm encouraged that if I continue to rest and treat the leg, I'll be back running full steam sooner than later.
Since I'm 99% sure I won't be able to run a step in the race, I'm happy to head down and volunteer at an aid station for the day. I don't think there is a single ultra runner out there who will argue that the words/actions of volunteers during your race can make a big difference in helping you to a successful finish. Having been helped many times by many volunteers in my short ultra career, I think I owe it to the sport to make the drive down to Florida and give a little help to my fellow runners this weekend.
I'll report back with some kind of race report and photos when I get back home. I'm bummed out that I won't be writing 10,000 words about my own race, but I'm excited to see how things are seen from the other side of the water coolers.