I have made the decision not to run the Calgary 50k this year. In order to run a strong race I need to be at a certain point in my training, I am absolutely not there. I will not half-ass my way through 50k; when I stand on the start line I should be well trained, energized and ready.
Over my last few long runs I've had a niggly Achilles then on the weekend I had constant pain. That was it. I'm not risking injury again so I need to dial my mileage back right away. No drama (joking - all the drama). I enjoyed my first 2 ultras very much, this would have been my third in 10 months and I may have just overstretched myself.
I am going to keep up the speed work, tempos and long runs - they will simply be considerably shorter long runs. On May 31 I will run the Half Marathon and 5k while the Mr takes on 50k. I am genuinely excited about this, I've always loved Calgary's Half course and have never done the 5k, though if you recall most of the field zipped by me during the Marathon last year. I can hang out between races to cheer runners on and will be able to watch my friends finish the Marathon.
I always find a way to my goals but I can tell you with absolute certainty this is the right decision for me this time.