I did get to run in this race and I started this post last week and got side tracked. Sorry about that. I finally was able to determine I could run this race the last night of online registration (Wednesday). I fought with the internet at home for a little while and then was able to do it.
The night before I was still debating what i was going to wear. I just couldn’t make up my mind. Finally was happy with a pink shirt a friend gave me, my Athleta Swagger skort and my running skirts compression socks. I was so excited when I realized the pinks matched. LOL
Thankfully this is not a super early race. Women’s 5k starts at 8:40 am. I left the house around 7:15 am to go to a friends house that is about 1 mile from the start. A bunch of us met there so we could just walk over and not worry about parking. The bad part – it was raining. Seriously?!?!?!?!?!! Can we not have a race that involves rain!!!! We got over there and found a bunch of friends. We were suppose to take a MRTT group picture but someone we completely missed that. The rain will screw with the best laid plans very easily. I dropped my phone and jacket off with a friend and then headed out for my run.
The plan was to see if I could beat my PR from Auburn of 33:25. This is a pretty flat (for the area) course and it would be possible.
So I set out at a good clip for me. The first mile ticks along and I see it’s 10:30, I think WOOHOO!!! I can do this!! I take a short walk break at 1.5 miles to catch my breath and then keep going. Second mile is 11:30, so a little slower but I’m still doing good. Then at 2.25 miles I have to walk because my right hamstring (lower than my normal spot) has started to get tight – BOO!!! so after a short walk, I start running again and after less than a 1/2 mile I’m walking again with a spot in my hamstring that hurt. After a walk break and knowing that a PR isn’t possible, I start back running and immediately start walking again. Hamstring is not happy. So with about 1/4 of a mile left in the race I am able to start running again and finish with a smile on my face. 🙂
So I’m slowly working on my pilates routine to get my leg completely better. I’ve done a couple runs and have had no tightness or pain which is great.