This my 5th time running this 5K race. My times have been: 32:49, 31:15: 29:10 and 29:49.
But really, who cares? It is such an emotional race. Everyone there knows someone who has had or died from breast cancer. Many are survivors themselves.
I feel foolish worrying about my foot. Tendonitis is not life threatening. I am fortunate to be healthy.
The weather was pretty dreary when I left my house. Being on a team, I had to wear the team heavy cotton tee shirt (ugh!).
I parked my car at work (to avoid the crowds) and walked the mile to where the race began. After resting my foot since Tuesday, it felt pretty good – not 100% but hopefully it would not get worse.
But as I walked, my foot started to hurt…not a good sign. It also got warmer and even the sun was peeking out.
I got there early to meet my friend, MaryPat and her niece Courtney.
We then headed out to the start. I moved to the front (out from under the overpass) trying to get a signal on my Garmin. It took a long time and finally got one seconds before the race started.
I have run this same course 9x. It starts uphill and ends downhill with many inclines around and through the park.
I felt uncomfortable from the start. I was hot. My foot was hurting. But I just kept going.
In fact, I didn’t stop at all. Not even for water. This is the first 5k since returning from my ankle injury that I didn’t stop.
I wanted to. My ankle hurt. My good foot hurt more. I saw a friend that I used to work with who has CF and is in and out of the hospital. She cheered me on in the park twice. So I kept running. I ran for her in hope that she will find a match for a lung transplant.
Finally I saw the finish line and I had little left. I crossed around 30:50 or so. Not bad considering…
I waited for my friends to cross. I didn’t get their pics but got one of someone else from my team.
This is the first race that I have run injured. It is the first race that I regret running. After the race, I could barely walk and I had to limp over a mile to my car…ugh! (The only good thing was that it didn’t start raining until I got to my car.)
Ice and ibuprofen have helped and I feel better but am still bummed about being injured!!!
Happy Running! Good luck to all those racing this weekend! Anyone else stupidly run a race while injured?