The race itself is billed as an all-terrain half-marathon, and it quickly lived up to its name. When we left (in teams of two) at 9:00 in the morning, it was zero degrees Celsius and the snow was starting to pile up. The race led us all around downtown
In the days after WAR, I suffered from screaming quads, hip flexors and calves as my body repaired the damage I had done to it. Alas, muscular pain was not the only thing my body needed to repair, and as I resumed training two days later, I started to experience a deeper pain in the front of my foot, just behind my toes. This pain was aggravated the longer and harder I trained, especially when running. This resulted in shortened workouts, more biking and roller-skiing to minimize impact and an internet search to figure out what was wrong with my foot. The closest thing I found to my symptoms was called Metatarsalgia, which is a fancy word for bruising and irritating the bones at the front of your feet. While I am still recovering from this, I have found that using moldable insoles helps to reduce pain. However, the best thing I can do for it now is give it rest.
If you want more information on the WAR, including results, go to http://www.yukonorienteering.ca/war/index.htm if you want to see more, you can view the routes taken by some of the teams at http://rg.orienteering.ca/cgi-bin/reitti.pl?act=map&id=185&&kieli= . To view the routes, click on “choose class” on the top right of the screen, select any or all of the team names with a star beside them (our team name was Magical Mystery Tour), hit view animation and then hit start. You can control the speed and zoom of the routes taken and/or look at entire routes without the animation.