Yay, I feel like I'm back to about 95% of my pre-injury self! I ran five trail miles today and felt wonderful. No neck pain, no back pain, and no headache, which have been the limiting factors up until now. I only have eight and a half weeks until the Vermont 100 and 5 miles is a far cry from one hundred, but I am feeling optimistic after yesterday's and today's runs. I have to put some thought into how I'm going to build my long runs back up. I'm not sure at what distance I should start. I think I will head out to the mountains on Friday and see how long a long run is for me right now. Then I will write up a plan to build from there. Nipmuck Marathon may not be in the cards for me this year, we'll see. But Vermont 100 is a definite, I know I can whip myself back into Ultra shape in eight and a half weeks! The fitness is still there, I just have to turn it back into running fitness.
I'm off to work now, but I hope to get a mountain bike ride and maybe a P-90X strength workout in this evening.