Apart from the reminder that I'll be missing Western, the past couple weeks and especially the last couple days have been trending in the right direction for my knee and the prospects of actually getting a race in this year. To honor the fickle gods of injury, I am not saying that things are going great and that I'm out of the woods, because I'm not. But, the knee has shown some decent improvement lately, and yesterday I actually got in my longest run since Wasatch. It was slow and it wasn't epic - 21 miles with 4300 feet of vert - but it was something I'd call a real distance, and my knee held up very well and still feels pretty good today - the day after.
A couple months back, I set May 1 as my "reality check" for toeing the line at the Cascade Crest 100 in late August. If I wasn't running consistently by then, I reasoned, it was time to lop it off the calendar. Well, it's May Day, and I'm running consistently (if not horribly far) and if things keep trending as they are, I have an outside shot at that 100 mile tour of the Cascade Mountains.
So, I'm going to take it day by day, keep stretching, rolling, and icing, and set a new reality check date further down the calendar.