Monday, December 28, 2009

I may be delusional, but I'm not completely giving up hope for Bandera. I'm untrained and I have a cracked elbow, but I've got two weeks. I think 50 km is possible.

Some might say I have a slightly obsessive personality.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Another Broken Elbow Update

UPDATE:  Now the orthopaedist is saying he wants to take more x-rays, and they may actually put me in a cast.  Ugh.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Broken Elbow Update

Good news or bad news first?

The bad news: my left elbow is definitely fractured in the middle of the radial head.

The good news: there's no displacement, no need for surgery, and no need for a cast. 

Unfortunately, short of taking it easy, there's also no real treatment.

So I'll be working the aid stations at Bandera and hoping that everything heals in time for Rocky Raccoon.

Happy Holidays, amigos!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Broken Elbow!

Change of plans.

On Monday, I tripped on an unsecured manhole cover while running with Jballs east of downtown.  After a brief headlong flight, I crashed down and skidded a few times, ripping the skin off both knees, my palms, and my right forearm. 

But the real problem is my left elbow, which absorbed the brunt of the impact.

I'm going back for a second round of x-rays Friday (once the swelling goes down), but all indications point to a break/fracture in the radial head.  Right now, I'm in a hard, form-fitting splint and am becoming friends with hydrocodone.

So... Bandera is out and Rocky Raccoon is a long shot.  Life happens, folks.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Motivation Update

My buddy Joe Judd helped put the last post in perspective in a note he sent me:
I think it's common to have a 'low period' after your first 100. I say, just relax. No running (or less running) for a while can be a good thing. Keeps you injury-free and will make you more psyched to get back into, when the time comes. As for challenge, how about something really challenging, like a mountain 100? Leadville is available to all comers and will certainly require a lot of commitment. BTW, I don't go past 15-20 miles very often. For me, it's more about quality than quantity.
I like that advice, so I think I'll go run just a few miles this afternoon.

And...

wait for it...

I'm strongly considering running the Rocky Raccoon 100 in February--if I can find someone to run with at night, which is the one thing I really did not enjoy about Heartland.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Motivation Issues

Motivation is still an issue.  Since Heartland, I want to run long, but I can't seem to get myself to do it.  I haven't made it more than 14 miles.  Now that I've conquered the 100 mile beast, I don't know what the next challenge is (or if there will even be one).  What now?  The weather has grown colder, too, which doesn't help.  Bandera is a month away, and it is going to kick my ass sideways.  I'm running the 50 km race with T. and S., two trail running virgins, so we should at least keep the pace in check.  I ought to be able to gut it out. My training buddy and El Scorcho co-founder, Jballs, is going for his first 100 km.  The plan is for T., S., and me to finish the 50 km, head back to the motel, get cleaned up, and grab some dinner.  We'll then head back out to the race (probably with a 12 pack of beer) to meet Jballs at various aid stations until he finishes.

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