I did our local 5K on Thanksgiving morning with 7,500 other people and their dogs. It was a perfect morning for running – chilly but not unbearably so, clear, and calm. The course was reasonably flat with mostly small hills. Running through the quiet, peaceful downtown felt like running through a movie set. 😀 Or through residential Venice. The only people along the 5K route were runners and their families & friends.
I arrived with about 20 minutes to go before the start. I walked around to keep myself warm and saw this guy:
Yes, those are ties.
Once the clock hit 9am, they fired the gun and off we went. Shuffle…shuffle…run!
It took a few minutes to get past owners with excited dogs who wanted to run criss-cross down the street and wrap themselves around light poles (true story). Finally I was on my way, albeit a bit fast. Around .6 miles I started to feel it. Yikes! My watch showed a 7:25/mile whereas my goal was to stay within an 8:10-8:30/mile. I slowed down.
Suddenly, at mile 1.2, my ankle rolled. No reason. The ground was completely smooth. I didn’t trip. Maybe the muscles around my ankle were tired and simply failed? It was a full-out, ew-I-think-I-felt-things-crunch ankle roll that left me seriously limping and wondering if I’d just broken something. I pulled out of the crowd and over to the side to assess the damage. Walk-limp, walk-limp, walk-limp. I realized I was freaked out and in shock so I got a grip and told myself that I was okay. Nothing’s broken. I might not have to pull out of the race. Can I walk on it? Hmm…yes. Okay, good. Can I jog on it? Yes. Can I run? Let’s try. Yes, I can. Okay, cool. Go.
I got back into the mix and eventually revved back up to about a 7:50-8:00 pace for the rest of that second mile.
We hit a few small hills and one steep hill during the third mile. Plod, plod up the hill. I took advantage of any downhills and was careful NOT to roll my ankle again!
The finish line was at the end of a straight-away so as soon as I saw it I locked my eyes on it. Focus – you’re almost there. Keep up your speed. During the last .2 miles I continued to pick up my pace and sprinted in.
I actually remembered to stop my Garmin this time (first time ever in a race!) and was so pleased with the results. I had beat my PR. By a minute and a half.
Official chip time: 25:24.
W00ttttttt. I killed my holy crap goal.
554/2375 Total (not sure why this total's not closer to 7500?) 24/161 Age Group 128/1155 Females 25:24 Chip time 25:42 Gun time 8:17/mile
My ankle was very sore and swollen for the rest of the day and felt really “off” the next day. It’s a bit better today although not fully healed. I will probably be off running for at least another 2-3 days. I have a 5K that I’m doing with friends as a part of a team in two weeks but don’t expect to beat this new PR since I will probably have a newly-healed ankle.
My half marathon running plan is supposed to start on Monday although I will obviously be delaying it.
Yesterday a couple of my girlfriends invited me to join them on their road trip in April to do the Nashville Half Marathon. I may do that instead of the Shamrock half, which would allow me to push off my training for a few weeks. I hear this trip is a total blast so I’m leaning toward it. 🙂
Happy post-Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday.