You guys, I ran a race over the weekend.
I know what you are all thinking…WHAT? Aren’t you injured?
So here’s the thing. I ran twice last week and with every run, I saw progress in my injuries. I was able to run further with less discomfort. My plan was to try for at least 3 miles on Saturday. However, I was already registered for the Six03 Great Pumpkin 10k Relay with Kailey. The way the relay was set up was Runner #1 ran 1.5 miles and then handed off the
baton pumpkin to Runner #2 for their 1.5 mile loop. Then it was all repeated again for a total of 6 miles or 3 miles for each runner. I didn’t want to have another DNS, but I knew there was no way I was going to actually race. Kailey was cool with me taking it easy so it was decided – I was running!
The race was located at Flag Hill Winery on the trails behind the vineyard. It was a chilly 41 degrees and sprinkling rain at the start. As with any trail race, the atmosphere is way different than a road race. It was a smaller crowd, no bibs, no timing chips. And very chill. Since it was a Halloween themed race, there were a few costumes. The most memorable being the Baywatch inspired team with the large man wearing a blonde wig, a stuffed tank ala Pam Anderson and complete with lifeguard float. The only race requirement? A mini pumpkin that had the team number that each runner carried during their leg.
Kailey started Team Pumpkin Pushers off while I tried to stay warm. We had done a 10 minute light warm up run before the start. I actually was very surprised how well all my aches were feeling even during that. Before I knew it, I saw Kailey trucking across the field. We had decided on wearing all black as our team uniform, but thankfully she wore her bright orange Saucony shoes. I could clearly pick her out!
Thoughts from my sections of the run:
- I’m running!
- I’m getting passed. Speed up. No! YOU ARE NOT RACING!
- I love running on trails! A bed of soft pine needles and dirt feels so much better than pavement. I need to run more trails.
- AGHHHHHHHHH!!!! Creepy old doll randomly in the woods propped up against a tree!
- Holy steep, muddy downhill. Slow. Slow. Slow.
- That guy has a dirty butt. I guess he didn’t slow down the steep hill.
- Watch out for that tree.
- I’m running!
- Why don’t I run trails more?
- I’m so happy I’m going to cry!
Such a fun race! Even though we didn’t technically race it, we still did quite well – 38/80 with a time of 50:23. I was just unbelievably happy to be back to running relatively pain free. My Achilles felt great. My SI/L5 weren’t too bad. I definitely could tell I’m still not 100%. It just felt like I didn’t have as much strength on my right side as compared to the left. I was a little sore later in the day, but overall all good.
I’m happy to be back in my running shoes again! And that is simply marvelous.
How was your weekend? Run long? Run a race?