For all the fuss and hype at the Olympics, I haven't heard a lot of people talking about Kirani James. 43.9 for the 400 at age 19? Holy crap. That's nearly as impressive as Usain Bolt's achievement in 2008. Barring injury or indiscipline, he should crush Micheal Johnson's record in the not-so-distant future.
Over the past two weeks, I've been nursing a hamstring/glute max issue, which I'm pretty sure is related to the injury that had me on the sidelines all winter. I re-injured it a couple of weeks ago, took a day off, a couple of easy days, and then I tried to run 10 miles on it the weekend of July 28th. The next day, I could barely walk.
That weekend, the thought occurred to me that I might have to DNS Leadville -- a race I've been training for the last three years. From a running perspective, nothing could be more devastating to me.
To bring myself back to health, last week I didn't run at all. I cross trained and rested, and the leg has responded pretty well. The last couple of days I've run nearly 20 miles with 3000 of elevation gain, and I've been decent. I still feel tension in the leg, but I haven't felt any real pain since last Friday. And at this stage, all thoughts of "training" are in the rear-view mirror. Between now and race day it will be all about active and passive rest -- with the sole goal of getting to the starting line as healthy as possible. I'm not certain I'll be 100% healthy and fit on race day, but I'll be close enough.
And so the countdown begins. Only 10 days between today and the 18th!