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ULTRAGEEKS -The Unoficial Thread (ultra-endurance sports)

Fueco

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Rather than derail the running thread over and over, here's a new place to discuss all things pertaining to Ultra-Endurance Sports, whether it be running, swimming, cycling, or all three...


Quote: I've also been struggling with this same issue... I signed up for a 100k race last May, but had to drop out due to an overuse injury from training too much. Finding the balance between doing enough and overdoing it is quite a challenge.

That's partly why I'm taking it fairly easy at the moment. The only running race I've signed up for yet this year is the Golden Gate Relay (a 12-person relay covering 192 miles (I ran a total of 17.6 miles during the race last year)). I'm also planning to do a half Ironman in August, and possibly a marathon in December. There's an outside chance that I will sign up for another 50 miler late in the season, but finding a Western States qualifier that works with my cycling schedule is a challenge.

Ultraman Florida is the end goal of the current training cycle. It's in February, so almost a year away. My aim is to go considerably faster there than in previous goes at that distance.
 

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Like the thread.
The 50 I trained for was pretty easy with training. Many plans out there and most were relatively the same. Lots of 20-25 mile runs, a 50K, and a few 25-30 training runs to practice eating, what foods worked, run / walk pacing, clothes, and shoes. Things went very well and finished with a time and effort I was happy with.
Things I didn't realize or plan for were after the race. Took an ice bath, ate, drank, went to bed. Good case of edema in right foot a day or two after and lasted for 3-4 days. Just about got now.
Read alot about compression gear after, icing feet, joints, etc. Elevation of legs after the event. Quite a few things I missed that I'll catch next time.
I'd be interested to know what others have had success with for recovery efforts after the race. I plan to walk, stretch, light elliptical work, for close to 7-10 days and then slowly get back into running longer.
I know each person is different in terms of age, body, years running, etc., but what has worked for any of you to have a successful recovery after an ultra event?
 

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Compression gear during the race and rest, ice, compression and elevation after the race. Kick your feet up and ice them for a couple of days. I always get the swelling bad. After UMWC last year, my feet hurt horribly for a week. The flight home from Kona didn't help!
 

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