I ran this race last year and aside from the massive hills I loved it! I was hoping with more training, it wasn’t going to be too bad this year. Then I got an email from the race directors who said they changed courses and it will be fast and flat! Woo Woo!
So I signed up back in April and I was so excited to run the 10k! I have never done a speedy training plan. I had to really search and decide what I wanted to do.
I hurt my knee back in February, shortly after I miscarried, when I stepped off a ladder and twisted my knee. It didn’t affect me from walking so I didn’t see a need to go see my chiropractor.
When I started my training for the 10k, in April, my knee only hurt after I ran, never during. After a few visits at my chiropractors office, he thought it was something to do with a tendon, and would probably take longer to heal. At first he didn’t want me to run, but after a few visits he said I could run, but to take it easy.
My “taking it easy” turned into not running or doing any physical activity. I got really depressed (depo-lupron). I could tell something wasn’t right in my mind, because I wasn’t acting like myself. All I wanted to do was sit on the couch and watch TV. I finally got on a vitamin called Niacin.
Once I started mentally feeling better I decided I needed to incorporate strength training back into my exercise, by going to Barre. I recognized that I felt good afterwards, which gave me hope.
The week of the race comes and Saturday (May 28) I run a relaxing few miles. I only made it to 1.8 miles before my knee was sore. After that run I felt I shouldn’t run the 10k, so I switched to running the 5k.
Alli and I started at a fairly good slowish pace (my watch hadn’t gotten satellite signal yet) and I could still talk. Then she found a friend from a previous ward, and we ran the rest of the race with her. I felt really great and started pushing it.
We finished the race in 29:37ish and started a few minutes after the gun went off. So that’s the time I think I ran… My actual clock time was 32:37.
Overall it was a FUN race. MUCH better than last year.
Will I run this race again – yes! It is a fun tradition! Just no more injuries please.
Running with friends, Possible PR – hello flat course, Great Food at the end of the race, Lots of people to run with.
Lots of people which took us a few minutes to cross the starting line, No race results because it was a free race.
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