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Race Weekend

Race Weekend

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.
– Dean Karnazes


My friends,

As you may have noticed, I’ve taken a step back from the blog these last two months.  I had to.  With training for the 25K, I was spending far more time training than I had before and there was simply no extra time for writing.  But now that the race is only two days away (not even!), I thought I would write just a few words about my race outlook.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may already know that I’ve spent the last month or so dealing with tendonitis.  I had one amazing 12 mile run near the end of July and that was the peak of my training.  After that, it went downhill as my tendonitis became unbearable.  There was one 12 mile run that I cut short at 9 miles because I was limping.  I could barely even walk and I felt like I was running with a peg foot. At the time the race was 6 weeks away; I thought there might be enough time to recover, but it just wasn’t enough.  I spent time cross training at the pool and on the elliptical and arc trainer.  I’ve massaged and foam rolled and stretched in the hopes of recovering back to the longer mileage.  It just wasn’t meant to be.

About 3 weeks ago I made peace with my injury and decided to switch to from the 25K to the 10K.  It was a disappointment for sure.  There is less glory in finishing a 10K.  It was a blow to my pride.  And even in the 10K, I know very well that I could be hobbling to the finish.  I hope my foot won’t flare up.  And I hope that adrenaline and sheer will power will carry me to a strong finish, but I have no idea.

I almost never ever run with music, but in the last month I’ve found I’ve needed a distraction to get through some difficult runs.  So I spent tonight downloading a few songs for a race playlist.  I don’t know if I will listen to it but I wanted to have something in my back-pocket to pull out if I’m really miserable.  I know my legs are still really strong so that’s very encouraging.  I’ve also found that when I take a longer stride it helps reduce the pain.  But a longer stride means running faster so I’ve decided I just need to run the race really fast.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to maintain it for 6.5 miles (the race is not a true 10K).

But despite the injury, I’m really excited.  I haven’t raced since May 2015.  In spite of everything, my coach has me well trained.  I know I’m a stronger/faster runner than when I started the training.  I have my outfit picked out.  I have my race number and my hydration vest.  And most importantly I have my fans. 🙂 My dad flew in just for the race (that was planned out when I was running the 25K) and of course Rich and Lizzie will be there.  The Konza is beautiful race course and the weather Sunday morning looks like it’s going to be in the low 60s.  Perfect running temperatures.  My plan is to just do the best I can and then I’ll come back even stronger next year for the 25K.

More to come later this weekend!


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