I ran my first 10k race on Sunday. To be honest, I was happy just to finish. You see, on my run last Friday morning I suddenly got a shooting pain through the bottom of my right foot after about 2km. Tried to walk it off but that didn’t help, so I just hobbled back home so I could get ready for work. Tried icing, elevating, and resting it as much as I could throughout the rest of Friday and all of Saturday. By Sunday morning, I just had a slight stiffness in the foot. By the time I was ready to leave for the race, it felt just fine.
I went ahead and wore the foot/ankle support wrap that I had picked up Friday just to be safe. Got to the race site way early and just hung around, mostly trying to stay off my feet. Met a nice guy named Larry who really liked my beard and gave me some pointers regarding the course. Honestly thanks to the race’s website I was already aware of most the stuff Larry mentioned, but it was nice that he wanted to help. Eventually it was time to line up and run. The toughest thing was probably that the first two miles of the course are essentially all uphill. Since this is an out-and-back route, that does mean the final two miles are mostly all downhill, which was quite welcome. That said, the course as a whole was still far more hilly than I am accustomed to.
I purposely took it easy those first two miles, not wanting to wear myself out too early. I guess I didn’t take it easy enough though, because I was pretty drained by the half-way point turnaround. I figured I’d likely be doing a little bit of walking late in the race since I have yet to run 10k without a walk break or two. Especially considering I didn’t know if my foot would be acting up. That said, I ended up walking a bit more in the second half than I would have liked. Mostly on uphill stretches. Not because of my foot, but simply because I was that tired. I did feel pretty good about mostly keeping pace with the same basic group of folks once the pack spread out along the route.
Thankfully, my foot didn’t bother me at all during the race. I even set a new Personal Best for that distance. Gun time was 01:15:19, chip time was 01:14:41. Whichever you go by, my previous best time was 01:16:37 so I’ll take it. I placed 428th out of 578 over-all, and 24th out of 27 in my age group. So pretty much what I expected. Toward the bottom, but not dead last.
After catching my breath at the finish, I wandered back to my van to take off my ankle wrap and switch back into my non-running shoes. Then I hung around for a bit taking advantage of the free food (burritos, fruit, and Eegee’s, anyone?) and a leg massage. It was after all that when I decided to head home that my foot flared up with a vengeance on the way back to the van. It’s been pretty tender since then – particularly this morning. I’m doing my best to be diligent about icing, elevating, and resting it (which is tough to do at work!) and occasionally taking some ibuprofen. I figure I’ll give it a couple more days of rest before I really start to worry. If it isn’t feeling better by then – or if it suddenly gets worse – I’ll be contacting my doctor. Until then, running is off the table for a bit.
They did have a couple of photographers at the race, but I haven’t seen anything about where the photos can be found. If I find out, I’ll be sure to update this post with them.