My First Post-Injury Race
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Last Sunday I did my first race 15 weeks after breaking my ankle - a 5K. I wanted to finish in less than 33:00 minutes, but finished around 33:08. The race didn't have a starting mat, and since I was towards the back of the starting pack, that attributed to a few extra seconds (that's what I'm telling myself).
The break site had been sore for a couple of days previous after I over lifted at the gym earlier in the week, and even as of Saturday night I was afraid I might have to walk some of the course. It felt much better Sunday morning, and although I experienced some twinges in my right calf, there was no pain at the break site. I jogged and stretched the calf, and once the race started, the twinges quickly worked themselves out. I held a pretty steady pace throughout, but I was unable to hold a sprint to the finish. I obviously still have some endurance to build back, and in fact, my right leg is still smaller than the left.
I am signed up for a half marathon on December 7. I was supposed to run 5 for my long run this weekend, but the race kind of screwed up that schedule. I have 6 scheduled for this weekend, and I plan to run that to get me back on track. I'm not sure about my other runs this week, as the forecast is calling for storms through Saturday, but I will do what I can do. I'm okay running in the rain, but much of this rain has lightning, and it's never fun wondering if you are going to be BBQed. I will either have to time it when it's not storming or use the dreadmill at the gym.