Ah, oh, and I thougth headed to the doctor was past tense...
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I would train for something next late summer/early fall. I have not run any ultras before but feel a 50K would not be much of a challenge unless it was up the side of one of the Rocky's and back down. I am current in Nashville and train on both streets and trails. I have a good 7.25 mile trail loop I run without any troubles with gain/loss to be roughly 1900 ft.
Thanks, for some reason thought maybe you were overseas (with the states vacation comment) coming here for an ultra and wanted to see if you had any questions that maybe I could help answer.
Nashville isn't too far from KC area. If you are ever looking closer to home, the Trail nerds are one of the largest trail running clubs in the Midwest. Many 50K's during the year and several of them in Kansas. None of them would be considered well known as JFK or Rocky Raccoon, etc., but some pretty good aid stations, technical trails (bridal and single track) and enjoyable races. Good luck with your surgery.
Just did my first run since Sunday... 3 miles in the thriving metropolis of Saint George, Utah. It's warm out there already at 7:30AM! At least warm by my standards...
Last weekend, I did the Big Kahuna Triathlon (half Ironman distance). My swim and bike were decent (I PR'd the swim by one second (34:59 (1.2 miles) and did pretty well on the bike (2:47:something for 56 miles). I fell apart on the run though, and ended up having to walk for large chunks of it. I got cramping below the quads on both legs and became really tight. I hobbled in with a run time of 2:28:03 (40 minutes slower than my half marathon PR!). My overall time was 5:56:35 (29 minutes slower than last year). Oh well, there's always next time!
For now, I'm training for a 500 mile relay bike race (doing it as a 2-person mixed team with a friend) on the first weekend of October. After that, training for Ultraman #3 goes into full swing!
Does it make a pop or does it feel like there is a knot being pulled through a hole that is a little too small? I've had the same sensation after a few long runs and came to the conclusion it was from a breakdown in form as I tired. I felt it most after sitting for awhile then walking up or down stairs. It went away for me and I was back out after a few days, but I'm interested to hear what you find out.
Speaking of the Rocky's, I forgot about this one. Take a look at the Pike Peak Marathon in August. That looks like a blast. There's about a 1 hr Youtube video on the Ascent (Half) and then the next day Marathon (Full). I may try to do this one next year. What views from the top.