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Had to bug out 4


For the first time since 2000 (when I had a bulging disc) I decided to bug out of the Ice Age 50 mile next weekend.  It’s not like me to do something like this, but I’m feeling the need to “get my vert on” and start running and hiking uphill, endlessly, till I can’t go up anymore.  I’ve been running on a suspect “inflamed nerve” between my 3rd and 4th toe since last November. They call that “Mortons Neuroma”.  I’m not really at the “oma” stage, it’s just been numb for about 6 months now, and it’s about time this thing calmed down, through not forcing myself to have fun and race as much.  A few weeks ago, I took a needle to the foot with a shot of cortisone.  I know, lots of folks out there will say that’s terrible for me, and I am risking further damage.  My Doctor, Russ Toronto is a magician with a needle, and guess what?  my foot continues to improve daily now, even after the Zane Grey 50 on April 21.   It is almost to the point where I can’t feel the inflammation under my toes on the hardwood floor.  If you’ve ever had this condition, you know what I’m talking about. :-)  My last ditch effort to “cure” this thing was to hike up Mt. Olympus here in SLC.  Mt. Olympus is a 4200′ climb in 3.2 miles on rough, rocky trail. Hiking up has always been fine, but the downhill has been the problem.  I ran all the way down Mt. Olympus with NO pain (except screaming quads). :-)   Since that day on Olympus, I’ve gained nearly 13k in just a few days.  Not really alot, but very encouraging when it comes to this sillyness.  The Pocatello 50 is up next, and with lots of vertical there,  I’ll be going up and down the Wasatch Front endlessly now….if my foot holds up.  I hate injuries…..

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This week we have the Miwok 100k, although I didn’t do much of any preview of this, it’s sure to be a stellar race as always.  I’ll put up a link to results when I hear them.  Follow the race here.

In the honor of John Maack, a great friend of ours who has been recently diagnosed with Lymphoma and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, Troy Olson and a few friends have created a 50k in the trails of  Corner Canyon on August 11th this year. It’ll be a heater for sure, so come out and “pretend” you are suffering and support John, ALL the proceeds will go to  John and his family for medical costs.  Check out John’s progress here

Lastly, the Squaw Peak 50 is digging for volunteers,  if you need some trail time, or just want to help out a great race near Provo, contact John Bozung at 801-808-4222 or email him at for info. Both aid stations where he needs help are in very cool locations, it’ll be fun.  

I’m off to go get me some vert….


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  1. Beth Simpson-Hall says:

    We will miss you in our neck of the woods Karl. Ice Age is a great race and hopefully you’ll make it here another year. You’re being smart however, something that we only learn with age. (and we have you beat on that one!) Looking forward to seeing you and your beautiful wife along the trails later in the year.

  2. Steve Pero says:

    Best of luck with that foot thing, Karl. i have the same issue, but only with some shoes. The La Sportivas were killing me, Matt Hart got me to try some Montrails and it’s quieting down. The secret is a really wide forefoot in the shoe. Had a good 50 miler at Collegiate Peaks last weekend with no foot issues.
    Deb and I started our vert yesterday on the Los Alamos ski hill….gearing up for Hardrock!
    See you there! Might see if I can make it to that 50K to support John.

  3. Rod Bien says:

    Yo. I’m bagging it too. I just couldn’t get that fired up and even the allure of the perfect WS wasn’t enough for me. Going to run Silver State again and get back to training in the mountains rather than flatish trails. Hopefully I’ll see you at OR this summer and we can get a run in. Cheers, Rod B

  4. Pedro says:

    I had same problem on my left foot. Did a cortisone shoot too and it fixed what almost a year of non invasive medicine never fixed. Never had problems in hte foot again.
    Good luck karl!