Gail’s Ultra Achilles Blog

12 hour ultra race…

June 22, 2010 · 3 Comments

I’m happy to report that I finished the Joe Kleinerman 12 Hour Race on Saturday in Queens, NY – and felt much better than I expected…..managed 64.2 miles, good enough for 2nd female.  The feet were not too much of a problem, and the post-op foot, no problem at all.  As always in the summer, the bigger issue was asthma….but as ultrarunners and other long-distance runners know, if you hang on, eventually you will feel better….which happened to me.  The amazing thing about ultras — you can actually feel better in the second half if you get into a groove.

So maybe my dream of doing 100 miles or a 24-hour race is do-able? 

Happy healing to everyone!!

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3 responses so far ↓

  • marymargaret27 // Jun 22nd 2010 at 8:42 am

    Hi Gail,
    I am so glad you are blogging! I have been a runner for 30 years (I turn 40 in two weeks) and I am having a hard time 1) getting my family to understand that quitting running permanently is just not an option; and 2) getting motivated to get back in shape, again, after yet another debilitating injury…I have a long history of them! Seeing your progress is truly inspirational!! I would like to try my first ultra (a 50-miler in the Keys) in May 2011. Have done 10 marathons with varying degrees of success, with a P.B. of 3:10, but until I started reading your stuff, I thought running and running well would be a distant memory. Thanks for the inspiration and best of luck with your continued improvement and success! Mary Margaret

  • ultidad // Jun 22nd 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Fantastic! Re: asthma - do you ever try prophylaxis with Singulair and/or inhalers?

  • gailaj // Jun 23rd 2010 at 7:13 am

    My comments function is working again!

    Hi Mary Margaret — I’m glad that my story helps. Maybe I was lucky because I never had a complete rupture (if you’ve read back in the blog, you know this), but I too was wondering if I’d ever be running competitively again. Still feel like I have no speed left, but hopefully that was just due to the time off. Sounds like you are a great marathon runner, so hope you reach your goal of a 50-miler!

    Hi Ultidad — how are you doing? And Thanks! And yes, I have been taking varying degress of medication over the years (since the ’90s, when my asthma started), including albuterol before (and when I have a problem, during) races; Asthmanex, and Singulair, although I confess to being lax about the latter two when I wasn’t running competitively for a while….maybe a mistake. Years ago, I also used a nebulizer at night….maybe that would help before a race. Hard to say if it’s the stress of trying to keep a pace, weather conditions, or just plain stress that brings it on…..but at least during a long race I find I can “run through it” and actually feel better later on…..

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