I started this year with an injury, and for a while it looked like I was going to end the year with an injury. To put things simply, just a few weeks ago my running felt a bit like a distant memory and a flash in the pan, so to come out of Lesotho Ultra Trail with nothing but good feelings at the end of it, fills me with hope and pride.
Let me rewind a bit to June. I was feeling fit, confident, light and fast – I felt like a real life athlete for the first time in my life! Then, it all unravelled rather quickly. Keeping it simple, the series of events went as followed: trained super hard. Did stupid things. Got injured. Continued running. Did 130km in the Drakensberg in 5 days. Got ‘more’ injured. Did my hardest track session to that point. Felt messed up and took two weeks off. Went to Norway, felt tired, sick, overtrained and injured. Got cutoff after walking nearly 20km in Tromso Skyrace. Ran/hiked 30km two days later – idiot move. Came home and took a week off. Tried running and it was painful… no, debilitating. Got a MRI a few weeks later – delayed due to the guilt of how expensive a MRI is. Threats of operations loomed in the doctors rooms. Luckily avoided that. Got platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy. 6 weeks after PRP treatment, I was able to do 1 min run, 2 min walk repeats. Continue reading “2017 REDEMPTION”