1/09/2011

And she raced...

Ran: 10 miles / 16.1K
I've been easing back into running in the last couple of weeks. Slowly building the mileage every week. Cutting back the mileage whenever The Calf felt stiffish or painful again.

And I'll be honest with you. I was scared sh*t to race again. What if The Calf couldn't handle a race yet? I didn't feel ready. The Calf does still feel a bit 'off'. Not like my old faithful calfie. But my PT and MD told me it would be OK to try a shorter distance race if I'd take it slow in that race. And would drop out if The Calf would do 'that thing' again.
Yesterday I decided to put on my big girl pants and stop whining about what could happen to The Calf. So, I registered for a 10-miler. Might as well get it over with, right? ;)

The race (Florijnwinterloop, Woudenberg, the Netherlands)

Mile 1-5 (km 1 - 8): I was surprised to find myself feeling as I usually do for the first couple of miles of a race. That is, thinking about more pleasant ways to spend the afternoon (watching a movie, having lunch, reading a book...) and wondering why I registered for this thing in the first place. But, besides that 'first couple of miles feeling', I also realized how much I love to race. :)

Mile 5-7 (km 8-11): Wind. Tornado-like wind. Gasping for air kind of wind. Can't hold my pace due to the wind kind of wind. That bloody wind was dead against me! Plus, rain. Enough said.
What the bleep did all this swimming and cycling do to my quads?

Mile 8 (km 12/13): Ahhhh...now the wind feels more like a breeze. Nice. Kick up that pace again!

Mile 9-10 (km 14-16.1): Great, wind. Again. Hello, tornado! What the bleep? It feels like I'm kicking it into gear, but my pace is dropping. I'm so over this wind! Sure glad to spot the finish line. Might as well chick that guy right before the finish line, right? ;)


Photo courtesy of Bjorn Paree (www.runoutofhell.nl)

I crossed the finish line in 1:26:30. My 10-mile PR is 1:22-ish. So, considering the calf injury, not being up to speed yet while still nursing that injury, the fact that I wasn't really pushing myself as I normally do, and the wind: not too shabby.

The day after

The Calf doesn't feel off or stiffish. Progress. :) However, I must have - unintentionally - slightly changed my gait to take it easy on The Calf. Why? I woke up with this strange pain on top of and on the outside of my left foot. I felt this same pain during the run, but figured it was just my foot getting used to running at a higher pace again. It only hurts when I walk (the pain causes me to limp, actually), it doesn't feel painful when I touch it. No running today. Tomorrow is a rest day, so, fingers crossed that it feels better on Tuesday. In the meantime I'm icing it...

I know a lot of bloggers are racing Disney this weekend! Can't wait for all the stories and pictures! :)

15 comments:

RunningRonald said...

Gaat goed!! Super dat je weer lekker aan het racen bent. Keep it up! Over onze niet-ontmoeting is genoeg gezegd :)

Lawgirl said...

Congrats on the race!

runoutofhell.nl said...

Mag ik zeggen dat je een mooie hardloopster bent ? Was leuk om je in Woudenberg te zien.

Ms. Duffy said...

Yay, you're back! Hope the other part feels better soon...

misszippy said...

Awesome that you're back! It can only get better from here. Continue to take care of the calf, though!

Run Jess Run said...

Congrats on your first race back!

runningshorts said...

When you said a short race, silly me, I assumed you meant a 5K!! 10 miles??? Not too shabby indeed!!!

Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

Great run. Bonnie was volunteering at the Disney Marathon this weekend. She had a blast. She was on water stop 2. She was wearing her Marathon Maniacs shirt cheering them on.

Kevin
http://halftriing.blogspot.com/

rinusrunning said...

Volgende keer een PR en zo te lezen leuk al die bekenden.
Groet rinus.

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Runoutofhell: Dat mag! :)

@ Ms. Duffy: the other part is still sucktastic. Yet another injury? What the....

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Kevin: Ohw! I NEED to run that marathon!

Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

I may run the Disney Marathon in 2012.

Kevin

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Kevin: now you're just trying to make me jealous. ;)

Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

Personally I do not think Disney races are all that great. They are HUGE and EXPENSIVE. If you like that in a race than you will love it. I thought running around Disney was boring. Bonnie loves that marathon though. But she like having tons of people at a race. I like smaller races. I like trail runs or scenic runs.

The race you need to do is 26.2 with Donna in Jacksonville. It is a big race and EVERYONE (including the guys) are wearing PINK and are in skirts (even some of the guys). It was a great race.

Kevin

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Kevin: I also prefer smaller (trail) races. Disney might not be for me if it's THAT crowded... :(