September 22, 2011 Leave a comment
Good news! I made it through my first race since I got injured. It was not quite the marathon I set out to do; in fact, at 4.2km it was exactly 10% of my original goal. But, it was a start.
Spring into Shape is a series of three races held over, you guessed it, spring. I entered the 4.2km race for September, 8.4km for October and 12.7km for November. As explained in my last post, now that I’ve (mostly) let go of the marathon dream, I’m pretty excited about building back up to 12.7km.
Since injuring my foot, my runs have been limited to 3-4km plods. Even at these small distances, I can sometimes feel pain niggling under the ball of my right foot. So, despite knowing I could easily do the distance, I was a bit nervous when I lined up on Sunday 18 September for the first race.
Happily, the race went really well. It was a gorgeous day, there were lots of similarly excited people and I was thrilled to be back at a start line. Aside from slight pain on a steep incline at 3km – and really, who doesn’t hurt going up hills?! – my foot came through for me. Hurrah!
One of the few nice things about being injured is I’ve stopped worrying about pace, time, calories burned, form and all those others things it’s easy for runners to get swept up in. I just want to run. This being said, I was happy to note I ran a pace of just under 6 mins per kilometre. It’s slower than I’d usually run in a short race, but it was nice to realise I’m not yet reduced to crawling!
I must admit my foot has been a bit sore since the race. It was fine until Tuesday when I made the unwise decision of running with a heavy backpack. Thankfully, I’ve now learned to recognise the warning signs which tell me to slow down and rest. I’ll be walking for the next few days before hopefully running 5-6km on the weekend.
And then? 8.4km on Sunday 23 October, here I come! I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….