Interesting to hear about TDs, contemplating entering as despite have two tickets for utmb ballot am going to be short of 2 points sure to missing lakes 3x3000 after buggering knees at last ultra (that's I'd I don't irreparably break myself on the spine race!!
Fantastic achievement Ben, great race report too (even with missing bits!!), well done to you and Dill! My husband had that cough in the Himalayas - khumbu cough (altitude and dust), ripped all his intracostal muscles so I can imagine how distressing that was.
ah I knew there was something else someone asked - Brookie and the minimalist shoe thing. I changed to a more minimalist style without realising when I purchased some Inov8 Mudroc 290s for a mountain marathon about five years ago and couldn't work out why I was getting such stiff calves and Achilles probs (the lady in the shop who fitted me for them didn't mention that!!). anyway I loved them but it took a long time to adapt to that. Last year I had some Saucony Peregrines (trail shoes) which were 4mm but very cushioned and I wore them a lot but ultimately ended up with ITB probs, I thought it was the drop but actually it seems that lots of cushioning seems more the problem for me after I had similar problems with some very cushioned New Balances I purchased hoping to use on GGW (you can have low drop shoes that are still quite cushioned).
So mainly I run in 6mm drop - Inov8 terrafly were the shoe of choice for the Great Glen Way and they were fab except perhaps needed a wee bit more cushioning. I also have a pair of Salomon Sense Pros which are also 6mm. Haven't run far in them but they fit like a glove and are quite a firm ride but not done anything longer than 8 in them. Then I have a pair of New Balance Minimus which I think may be 4mm but there is absolutely nothing to them at all. I wear these as every day shoes but also do shorter runs in them (like less than 4 miles). Makes you VERY aware of posture, gait etc. I also try and do little spurts of proper barefoot on the beach - but literally short bursts, again, makes you really aware of everything.
Take it really really slowly and back off at any hint of niggles. I would say I am a mid-foot runner.
Next race - well was meant to be a Lakes one in three weeks time but have binned that one due to knee. I would only stuff it up again, even if I power-yomped it. Have decided to take the weekend to go and get some 'Spine' training in though - fast hill yomping and a solo wild camp somewhere - need to get used to doing this stuff on my own in the dark. Even if the days are not that long due to knee strength, just need to get hill skills back up to speed and be confident of doing it on my own. Spine is 12-17 January ...