Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Doing the Smart Thing

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.

Adios!

5 comments:

AnthonyP said...

I hope everything works out. Certainly don't risk injury and save it for Bull Run (I'll be there as well).

Dan Rose said...

Cool - I'll try and find you in the crowd at Bull Run...After benefiting from your 'This Week in Running' posts for so long, I definitely need to shake your hand and thank you in person!

Jamie Donaldson said...

Hi Dan! You are so smart--saving to run another day! That is so nice of you going down to volunteer anyway! Have a great time!

JW said...

Sorry to hear that, DR. Have fun supporting everyone else though! I'm sending good thoughts to your shins.

howardjames26.2 said...

I am one of the 100K runners. Thanks for volunteering, it is comforting to have someone in the pits with your experience.

Just tell me that "I am looking good", "almost there", and "it is all down hill"