Sunday, November 04, 2007
My running and healthy eating habits have been entirely non-existent the past couple weeks. I can't explain the eating...but I've been having trouble with my legs and foot. I keep waking up with cramps in my legs...not good when you're trying to run in the mornings, and the residual soreness would last all day. I'm also having trouble with a couple toes on my right foot, some localized burning/numbness. Yuck. It was almost enough to make me skip the half today, the event I've trained for over the past 3.5 months. But I had already signed up and paid, so I decided to at least go out and walk the course, if nothing else.
I have a fierce competitive streak, and once the gun sounded and people took off running, I wasn't going to just WALK. Besides, it was cold, and walking wasn't going to do much to warm me up. I started the race running, at a very slow pace. The first mile took me 11:30, an incredibly slow time for me. I struggled for the first three miles, and didn't think I'd run the whole course...I just wanted to make sure I was ahead of the 15-minute pace (because they started opening up the roads), and then I could walk, right?
Of course not. By mile 4, I was feeling better. Not great, but I was hitting my stride despite my foot, and my legs were doing okay. So I kept running. I covered miles 5-7 at a 9 min/mile pace, I was feeling good! But by mile 10, I was starting to feel a little out of shape. It was getting warmer, and I was getting sunburned despite the sunscreen I religiously apply before running. Still, I had made it to the double digits...and I was still running! No way I can quit now. And I didn't...but I was dragging, it took almost 12 minutes to cover the last mile. Still, I finished, and finished strong. The pictures at the finish line should turn out well. My gun time was 2:15:37, my chip time will be a little faster because I started way in the back of the pack.
Aside from a monster blister on one foot, I don't feel too bad. Running doesn't make my foot feel any worse than it does when I'm sitting. Even better, completing today's race has given me new motivation to get back to the healthy eating and regular exercise - because the Pasadena half is in 4 weeks, and I'd love to break 2:00!