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The Ultramarathon Book: The Vision. and My 50k Crash and Burn

Posted by on Jan 21, 2012 | 11 Comments

Today has been eventful.  I…

1. Finished the outline from all the ideas for the ultra book… thanks for all the input!

2. Ran the Coldwater 50k outside Phoenix… and DNFed after about 6 miles.  I hurt my knee a few days ago running eight miles to pick up our Suburban (needed wheel bearings).  It felt okay yesterday, so I decided to run the 50k.  The pain set in after three miles.  Shelly, still recovering from her Bandera 100k, decided to drop with me.  Unfortunately, this puts Rocky Raccoon in peril.  This may be the first injury I sustained that actually makes running impossible.  We’ll see how it feels in a few days.

3. Back to the positive- I set up a new blog to write the book.  I decided to post everything in the spirit of my open sharing of ideas philosophy.  I also want to solicit feedback and involve all my friends.  I’ll be posting the updates for new posts on Facebook and Twitter.  Here’s the address:

http://squirrelwipe.blogspot.com/

Oh, and the title… I have my friend Pablo to thank.  :-)

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11 Comments

  1. Rob Youngren
    January 23, 2012

    I’d be very careful Jason. If it was simply a 50km that you’re building towards then perhaps some time off, physical therapy and cross-training would be enough, but you’re talking about A HUNDRED MILES! It’s this sort of decision making that is crux for your long term outlook in the sport. I’ve know too many folks just say F’it and run injured and then they end up more injured or simply walk away, limping, from the sport. There will always be races when you’re body is ready for them. Be careful! :)

  2. Erik
    January 22, 2012

    Holy Reader Response Theory! Brilliant idea for writing the book.

  3. Matt
    January 21, 2012

    Were you wearing shoes when you hurt your knee heading down the sidewalk?

    • Jason
      January 22, 2012

      Matt- embarrassingly I was not.

  4. David
    January 21, 2012

    Sorry about the knee. For the book don’t forget to include stuff about the mental tricks, games, and strategies people use to get through ultras.

  5. David Specht
    January 21, 2012

    How did you hurt your knee?

    • Jason
      January 21, 2012

      David- just running down a sidewalk. There was no apparent abnormal motion.

  6. mark lofquist
    January 21, 2012

    :( sorry about the knee. can you go into a deep squat with no pain and good form?

    • Jason
      January 21, 2012

      Yes, I can go down to hammy-on-calf with good form and no pain. It’s not a patellar tendon issue or apparently muscular. There’s no swelling, discoloration, and no pain when immobilized. When walking, pain is a “1″ (1 to 10), when running it progresses from a “1″ localized behind the patella to a 4 or 5 and extends down the lower leg.

  7. briderdt (David)
    January 21, 2012

    Nice blog title!

    • Jason
      January 21, 2012

      Thanks. :-)