|I'm fighting a bit of heel pain after a run so|
taped to see if it helped
The run was on the old railway which meant a fairly flat course. What I wasn't ready for was that this trail wasn't as well packed down as the BLT trail that I am used to. My footing didn't grab as much and was slightly uneven....next time I'll be wearing trail shoes for this run! This mentally challenged me right from the start as I knew my push off wasn't going to be as strong. At first, I was running around the puddles but quickly said 'screw that' and just ran through. I don't know what happened, maybe it was the faster pace, but at kilometer #6 I started to die. I had to walk about 30 seconds for a side stitch and I wanted to give up so bad. I mean, I was talking negative smack inside my head about how I sucked!!! BAD COURTENEY!! When I started to run again, the side stitch disappeared and I was able to keep my pace. I watched those kilometers tick away on my garmin and with 2 kilometers left, I picked the pace up a bit, and finally pushed the final 500 meters. This one was pure mental as I was saying the dreaded word can't more than once. Usually I can muster a smile for the finish line photos, but not today. I saw the camera and I was scowling I think.
|Not the face of a happy runner!|
One thing I did notice was that there weren't any kilometer markers on the course. The race organizer is super organized, and a runner herself, so this surprised me. I was chatting with her after, and she mentioned that only 3 of the 12 volunteers showed up this morning. What the heck? Races depend on volunteers...and that means rain or shine folks...no one is going to melt in the rain!
Such a cute medal for finishing.