I wish I could say that I am 100% prepared and ready to go and kill this run in CA this week. And I guess I could say that…. But, of course, I would be lying. Which is not to say that Im not totally pumped because I am. But, Im a bit nervous too. As you might recall back in July I sprained my ankle… badly. I mean really badly. I couldn’t put any weight on it, missed out on some pretty fun outdoor time and a LOT of trainint time. It was just miserable. I still have a slight limp from the injury SO to say Im undertrained for this race, well I t would be an understatement. I kept up as much of a routine as I could but my mileage has all been walking and slowly at that. So, yeah….Im nervous.
This weekend, I decided it was time to get out and run. I wanted to push myself as hard as I could to see exactly where I was. So, Saturday morning I tagged along with the hubs to a park across town. While he played disc golf with his buddies- I took on the trail for 4.4 miles.
It was a little hot when I set out so I felt myself waning pretty quickly. This must have freaked me out or something because suddenly I was in my zone just running right along.
I even ran until there was no more trail.
I felt so good about the run that I spent the day running errands, doing housework, and generally being on my feet. It wasn’t until I took a break that I noticed my ankle was enormous. Awesome.
So, on Sunday the swelling was down and I set out for a nice easy 3 mile walk. I had 5 on the agenda but thought- why push my luck after yesterday? It felt good to be back downtown for my run on familiar ground.
I even had my very own bike escort ala rock star style.
And luckily so, since at about a mile into my walk the hubs stops me to say I was limping pretty badly and my gate was all off. I truthfully hadn’t noticed AND immediately got defensive. I told him I wasn’t a quitter and he patiently explained that if I had even the slightest hope of finishing this 10K I needed to get off my feet. Logic won out and we headed home.
I had a pretty sweet pitty party on the way there and while the hubs cooked dinner. Sunday night both feet were swollen, my left ankle was still store, and I had a brand spanking new pain in my right heel. Really?
Monday morning, I felt better but still not 100%. After work I went to a nice, hot, healing Bikram Yoga class. I swear that yoga is magical. Im not fully recovered but I feel leaps and bounds better. My plan is to fit in another class before hopping on our flight to CA this week and just hope for the best. Ill definitely be out there giving it 100%. I mean I didn’t get this super sweet Alice inspired racing shirt for nothing right?!
Plus, the thought of running through Cars Land has me just straight up tickled.
So…Im out there until they tell me to stop whether that’s with the pickup crew or at the finish line. I promised Id run this race for these kiddos at the A-T Children’s Project and that’s what Im going to do! Team Emily all the way!
Once Im home, I have a few things to change up in my life. Ive learned some very valuable things over the last month but that’s a (long) blog for another night. As for tonight…its off to the salon. I think I need some sassy Katy Perry inspired hair for my trip and my new sunglasses.
Have you ever run a race not at 100% How did you deal with that?