If you look at the title, you’ll see that it says UN-RACE. That’s because I ran the course but I did not run the race.
This is one of my favorites courses because I am familiar with the streets, it is flat and it is only 10 minutes from my house.
This would have been my 6th time running this race.
But I didn’t. Saturday morning when I got up, my back was really painful. I thought that it was odd since the only thing I did on Friday was sit, sit at work, sit at mah jongg. (Too much sitting??)
I went to gym and only did the arm machines, went shopping, etc. My back continued to ache.
I still planned to run the race. I picked up my race packet and even went out to dinner.
I got up Sunday morning and my back was even more sore. It hurt to stand and walk.
So I got dressed, had my pre-race breakfast and contemplated what to do.
I knew that I should not run the race and potentially make it worse (and maybe interrupt my half marathon training.)
I could have just run it and not race it.
But I know myself (hey, I raced on a broken foot, stress fracture, etc.). I knew if I started the race, I would run it as fast as I could…trying to PR and win an age group award.
So I made the tough decision – NOT to run the race!!
It was hard. You know how I love to race. This was a flat course. And to make matters worse, for the first time in weeks, it was a perfect racing day. 40’s and sunny!!
With weather that awesome, I could not sit home so I drove to the race start but arrived about 1/2 hour after it started. That way, I would not be tempted to run it. I parked on the street and started to run the course.
I ran it slowly. Chatted with all the volunteers and tried to stay on the course. Since I was last, they had started removing the signs. I didn’t wear my bib but I wasn’t even last. One very very old guy finished after me.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to run with Barbara but I did see her as she was leaving. I am so happy that she is healthy again.
I did stop inside to chat with all my friends who had just finished. I even had cake and hot chocolate. (I mean I did pay for the race.)
Of course, I checked the results. Darn, those usual speedy ladies didn’t run and for the first time, I may have won an award in this race. (I finished a hillier 5 mile race last week at 46:09.) But then again, you never know.
Anyway, I still needed to run 5 more miles…ugh!!
Last year, Judy and Barbara kept me company. But this year, I was solo.
I left my car where it was and headed into town. Then I cut over to the rail trail.
My run was slow but I listened to some podcasts and eventually completed 5 miles.
Yes, my back continued to ache but the pain was bearable and felt better the more I ran. (Soaking in the hot tub later helped too!)
10 miles done… 4 weeks until my next half marathon.
Let’s hope I don’t have any more setbacks.