Several on-line articles that I read this week stated that about 2 out of every 3 runners (around 60-65% of all runners) are injured during the course of a regular year, with an "injury" being defined as a "physical problem severe enough to force a reduction in training". Over the course of the last five years I have certainly had some "injuries", but they have only lasted for a few days at a time, and I've always been able to "run through them". Actually, I don't think I ever really learned the value of R.I.C.E.-ing and injury (rest, ice, compression, elevation) - the best method for immediate treatment of acute sports injuries. With Badwater looming on the horizon, it seemed only prudent to listen to the wise words of some of my best ultra running friends....and that is what I did for most of this week, and yes, it totally does help.
|Elevation Profile (Friday AM Run) - Splits of 9:09, 8:36, 8:38, 8:19, 8:30 + 8:45)|
|Elevation Profile of Saturday's 11.5 Mile Run|
|Elevation Profile of Sunday's 11.75 Mile Run|