Jack Bristol Lake Waramaug 50 Mile - April 24, 2016 - New Preston, CT

After the Montour 24 hour ultra, my painful plantar fasciitis persisted. I got a pair of Birkenstocks. My podiatrist prescribed an air boot. That didn't help. Next, he prescribed crutches with the boot. That didn't help. I rolled my right heel on a frozen water bottle and on a golf ball while watching TV and in the mornings after getting up. Sometime in November a friend recommended I see a doctor he had seen for his shoulder. He is a chiropractor. His clients include major league players and athletes. He suggested I walk barefoot at home, a couple of appointments to manipulate my foot, and physical therapy twice a week. I learned to stand properly, with my feet pigeon toe. After a month I saw a huge improvement and started training again. My heel was back and I began training for a shorter distance - a flat 50 miler. You can read about my plantar fasciitis here.

I registered for the Lake Waramaug 50 miler. You can also register for the 50K or the 100K. It takes place around a 7.6 mile loop around a beautiful lake. The course is not completely flat but I enjoyed it on a cold and windy April day in Connecticut, my home state.

Here I am at mile 20 in 3:46:14. I was so happy to see the cows mooing for me at every loop. It meant the clock was just around the corner!

I danced my way to the finish in 11:14:18 - a 50 miler personal best! I shaved off 18 minutes and 2 sec. from my previous personal 50 miler best - the 2006 Old Dominion 50 miler. There were only 3 women in the 50 miler. I would have come in 3rd had a young 20-something female runner in her 20s not switch from the 100K to the 50 miler when she completed 50 miles. The race directors and the volunteers were so wonderful.

All photos ©Miriam Diaz-Gilbert