Sunday, November 20, 2011

Recovery From An Ultramarathon

It has been exactly one week since the Javelina Jundred 100 miler. I have good news: I can see my ankles again!

Cankle (noun): when your legs are so large or swollen that the calf and the ankle seamlessly run together. I was sporting some mean cankles for most of the week. Here is what my feet looked like before the race (pedicure courtesy of my little girls):

And here are my feet a few days after the race. My ankles had vanished. And it's slightly gross that my toes turned into Vienna Sausages.

A week post-100 miler, my muscle soreness is gone. My knees are still pretty sore. And two toe nails keep getting blacker and they really hurt. All in all, I think recovery has gone well.

I have now run a half marathon, full marathon, or ultra for 20 months in a row. But now I don't have anything major in the near future! No need for a training plan! I am just going to run whenever I feel like it for as long as I feel like it! Sweet!

I have lots more exciting stuff to tell you next week. And I'll be featuring a guest post from my sister about the ultra experience from a pacer's perspective.
But right now, go set your DVR to record David Letterman tomorrow night (Monday, November 21st). One of my favorite music groups NeedToBreathe is going to be playing a song from their amazing new CD The Reckoning. I will bet you a pack of Twinkies that you'll like their music. Here's a sample:


  1. You always have a way of keeping us on the edge of our seat. I can't wait to see what you will be sharing with us next week.

    Fun music!!

  2. Nice cankles! Those babies are beautiful! I'm glad the soreness is pretty much gone and you're returning to normal.

    I really like Needtobreathe too. They're pretty great. Thanks for that video.

  3. Vienna sausages? I haven't heard those words since I was little! Very descriptive.

  4. LOOK at your feet Cory! Those look painful! Does it hurt to walk?? You have to be incredible to keep on going with some swollen feet and cankles!

  5. Your feet! They look like you are 9 months pregnant!!!!! So good to hear you are recovering well. I've been wondering how it is going.

  6. Wow, that before and after pic of your feet is crazy! Keep those feet iced down to keep down the swelling I would guess?

    Need to Breathe do sound pretty good!

  7. I'd consider it a successful ultra that your feet didn't FALL OFF during or after!

    The music is awesome...not sure I can stay awake to hear them tonight, and I'm way too lazy to go downstairs and figure out how to set the DVR I'll just go back this video now and then :).

  8. so glad to hear your recovery is going well! i am SO looking forward to that feeling of running when i want and how far i want after Vegas :)

    also...your comment on my post literally had me laughing uncontrollably in my home alone. awesome right!?! i pretty much only chose NE for Thanksgiving because i figured there arent many people there and I could dominate at the turkey trot race. bahaha. jk. really i am visiting my brother. but if i win the turkey trot...that will be a bonus ;)

  9. That's great that you are "mostly" recovered at a week. Cankles... bahahaha!!!

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