And then disaster struck.
Well, sort of. Last weekend while kayaking at sunset, I asked my son to take a picture of me posing on a rock. The sun was at just the right angle and I knew this was going to be a good shot. I got out of my kayak, onto the rock, and stood in king dancer pose. It took Matthew a little longer than I expected to take the picture and I slipped off the rock and fell into the water, landing on my sore foot. Hard. Like seeing stars hard.
He didn't get the shot.
Completely soaked, I climbed out of the water and back onto the rock. My foot hurt really badly and I was kind of shaken up. There was no way I was getting into any sort of a balance pose. So I did a really lame high lunge and called it a day. We watched the sunset and headed back to the dock.
|The money shot. Wasn't it worth it?|
I was in a lot of pain the rest of the week and did not run at all. As the week went on I was able to bear weight on my foot, but I went back to the pool for some pool running. Of course, my friends at the pool, the pool noodlers, were happy to see me and curious why I was back. While I didn't mind being there, it was hard to not feel bad about missing some perfect running conditions. I knew I had this race coming up and it's really hard for me to even consider a DNS. That more than anything kept me off my feet.
|Can't quite believe I'm back to this again.|
Saturday, I rode my bike 30 miles. I was worried about muscle fatigue after such a long ride, so I foam rolled like crazy that night. I woke up Sunday morning feeling amazingly good. Yes, my foot still hurt, but so much less that I was able to walk on it. I felt eternally grateful that I would be able to line up to run.
|We also started this month's squat challenge!|
For the first 2 miles, I was running fast! I consciously tried to slow down, but my first mile was 7:57 and mile 2 was 8:06. Once we split off from the 5k runners, I was able to slow myself down. Interestingly, I ran behind a guy whose shirt read "got freedom?" for the entire race. I saw a couple of my neighbors who were volunteering at intersections to help direct us. I also saw Matthew's rugby coach, who was putting a sprinkler in his front yard to cool the runners. I stopped and chatted with him briefly. I mean, I kind of had to...
There were a surprisingly lot of people out in the front yards to cheer us on. I waved and smiled at all of them, because it feels good to smile and how nice that they came out! Lots of sprinklers were out. There were plenty of water/Gatorade stops as well.
Mile 6 was a net downhill, and I made up a lot of time there with an 8:19 split. I pushed it as hard as I could for the last 100 yards to the finish but there were people passing me up. Still, I was thrilled to see my finish time, which was shockingly the EXACT SAME TIME as my most recent 10k on Memorial Day.
|Good enough for 3rd in my AG and 19th overall!|
I found Sara at the finish line and congratulated her on her amazing 6th overall female finish. She came in 2d in her speedy AG, but this race was a huge PR for her! It was great to see her. We haven't done any races together this year, and I really miss that. We are going to plan on a fall half together before she runs Chicago.
We collected our awards which turned out to be snifter glasses! I have a running joke (pun intended) with my friend Penny about snifters and cognac and ascots, so I sent her a picture of Sara and me. We lift our snifters to you, my friend!
We also saw Alicia, who is a blog reader and lives nearby. I first met her last winter at Whole Foods when she recognized me from the blog. She also reads Sara's blog. So fun to see running friends at a local race!
|Me, Alicia, and Sara! Snifters all around.|
So now I sit on the deck, writing this recap, and resting my foot. Yes, my foot hurts. I'm going to stretch and foam roll in a bit, and I have no doubt that I'll be fine by tomorrow. Hopefully enough for an easy run around the 'hood.
Did you run a race this weekend? Share the details! Do you go out too fast?
I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap, as well as Ilka and Angela for the Sunday Food and Fitness link up! Lots of good reading on both!