I may have run a 10K race on Sunday that was even more painful than the half marathon I ran the weekend before. Yes, that is possible. No word of a lie, my legs were still sore from the half. I woke up with severe tightness in my quads, hamstrings, and calves. I shook it off and figured it was “just a 10K” so I would be completely fine. Dean and I ate breakfast and headed to the race start nice and early so we could freeze our little buns off in the rain while we waited.
We hung out with all the other crazy 22,000 runners until the race started at 8:00am. About 2.4 seconds into the race my legs cramped up from top to bottom. Amazing. To say my calves were on fire is an understatement. Bless Dean’s soul for running this race with me. He kept me sane and listened to me complain about how much pain I was in the entire time. He also took pictures to distract me and though he is usually very skilled at taking action shots, they came out horrible (I still love you).
We finished in 53:47 which is fine by me (probably not fine by Dean – his PR for a 10K is 40 minutes)! I had a secret sub-50 goal but knew it absolutely would not be feasible once the cramps started. The race (Sporting Life 10K) was amazing in every possible way – organization, energy, route, cause, and community. We even got a pretty sweet medal and ate a white, refined, starchy bagel (it’s 100% allowed on race day, I promise) at the finish. Limping home was not fun, but we made it and I’ve got another race under my belt to learn from and to use as a basis for improvement!
Time to scope out summer races so I can finally train properly and race the right way (and hopefully redeem myself)!
I will be doing a review and giveaway this week for something that I wore during the race. Get excited! Here’s a hint :
A lot of people have been asking about my race outfit on Instagram (add me @the_athletarian – both the shorts and tank are from Lululemon (Speed shorts and Scoop Neck Tank), the headband is by Chickbands (in super skinny silver sparkle), and the shoes…mmm you will have to wait and see!
Do you have a favourite running/workout accessory?