Well, I was pre-registered, so what was I going to do, just pick up my shirt, and not run it?
I had my Dr. tried to scare the hell out of me, and it worked... to a degree.
I haven't run in almost 2 weeks, and was following his instructions to the "T", until today!
I ran the Hangover 5 miler.
It was a cold windy day, high around 25, with 15mph winds. It was nice and sunny, and would have been a perfect day, if not for the wind.
I met up with a few of the Trail run group. It was nice to be in a group, and talk running.
When the gun went off, I took off. Man I felt good! I had my new orthodics in my shoes, and I warmed up the ankle with my bio-freeze, and put the compression sock on. No pain!
I weaved in and out of other runners for the first 1/2 mile, before it settled down in to a mostly single file race. I hit the 1 mile mark at 7:34. My 1st thought was that was too fast. So what do I do? I did the 2nd mile in 7:24! Oh boy.. I am going to pay dearly for this fast start, or was I??
I was! Around the 1/2 way mark, I could feel it in the legs, not having run in almost 2 weeks.
I hit the 3rd mile at the 7:39 mark, and oh boy I did I feel the legs dying. My wind was even starting to struggle, which I haven't really had that problem. I was thinking back to the Marathon, and those last 2 miles, which were hell, thinking, I was about to revisit them.
The 4th & 5th miles had hills, which I wasn't looking forward to. The 4th, had along windy hill, which, when you got to the top of, you had to go downhill, heading out by the lake, and right back up a hill. Oh boy what a killer! I did mile 4 in 8:11. It was around the 4 mile mark, when you had to go back down and up the hill, that you just did about a 1/2 mile ago. I had my buddy Bill Y. pass me at this point. I was just holding on. When I got to the top, my legs & wind were gone.
I pushed and plowed along, and when I saw the finish line, I saw I that I had a chance to break the 39 min. mark. I just missed it, finishing in 39:02. The last mile was in 8:13.
While I was pleased to PR, knowing I had knocked off 2 mins from last year, I was left to wonder what I would have run, had I been healthy the last 2 weeks.
I was glad to have run it. I escaped it injury free, and I am going to get a 2nd opinion on my ankle.
Hope everyone has a great happy, healthy & prosperous 2009 !
Here are members of Trail Run group, that I run with.
39:02 (7:49 min/mile avg.)