It is more or less 4 weeks since I ran the Madeira Island Ultra Trail which took me the best part of 30 hours.

I still have a little numbness in my toes and the remnants of my blisters are still visible and finishing the healing process with new skin growing in.

It doesn’t take a huge leap of imagination to consider that if the outward signs of damage take this long to repair, then the invisible damage to muscles, chemical imbalances and general fatigue of the energy systems may also take that long to recover.

Too many people are running too far too often and burning out.

Maybe, just maybe, I will add a new check: if you can still see or feel any damage from a previous race, then you aren’t ready to work hard again yet.

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