Five weeks after Tahoe I had built back to about 5 hours. I also ran 5 hours on the 6th week, then ran 5 hours again on the 7th weekend, (September 4th.) On the 8th week, Sept. 10th I ran a taper run for 4 hours and then ran the Autumn Equinox 50K at Oak Mountain on the 18th. Two weeks later I ran the Stump Jump 50K in Chattanooga, TN.
On October 15th is when I ran 38 miles of the North Face Challenge 50 mile race in Pine Mtn., Georgia. I immediately came home and entered the Lookout Mountain 50K. I had to redeem myself.
November 5th, I volunteered to help with the Pinhoti 100 and got very little sleep that weekend. I did not run any. In fact on the weekends of October 23th and 30th I did trail marking and clearing for the Pinhoti. That was a workout. The numbers off the bottom and side of the page of hill repeat times. November 12, was the Ruffner Mountain 21K and November 13, was the Xterra 21K, both races here in Birmingham. That was another first. I never ran two races in two days.
Starting in November I began counting down the weeks to the Lookout Mountain 50 mile race down the right side of the chart. I listed the Tashka 50K, in Tuscaloosa, on December 10 and really wanted to run it, but I could not expect to do well in the Lookout Mountain race if I did so I skipped it.
The Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile Race is February 4. I ran two recovery runs from the Lookout Mountain 50 miler and then did the 7:56 training run at Veteran's Park on January 7th. That is the run where I think I caused a stress fracture in my tibia. It is a little better now on the 13th but still pretty sore to the touch and there is still some swelling. I still hoping it is only a really bad bruise. It still has 3 weeks to heal before RR. I am going to ride my bike for the next couple of weeks only. No running.