I was looking forward to this race for a while. As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been having a few on/off issues lately.
By Thursday, I knew I had the decision to make:
- Get tension relieved out of my legs and plantar fascia and be sore for the race. Swallow my pride and take whatever time I was capable of the day.
- Not get a deep tissue massage and maybe sore or maybe feel great.
And if course, the choice of not racing.
Ultimately I chose to get a deep tissue massage on Thursday and play the rest by ear. I knew getting a deep tissue massage was the smartest thing to do. Running is just a hobby for me so if I run an 18:15, great….or I run a 19:10…great, my life (and paychecks) don’t ride on it.
My husband and I drove down to Sommers Point, NJ. It’s an area of the state I’ve never been. We warmed up together and barely made it to the start. The race director, Ken, of Good Day for a Run greeted us and gave race directions.
By the time we knew it, we were off. I found myself in a pack of four other racers. My husband blew by us like were standing still and I found myself second overall behind Tim for the entire race.
My goal was to run under 20:00. Due to my tight legs and calves, it was a reasonable goal for the day. It was smart and thus wasn’t a goal race. I hit the first mile in 6:27, which was right on pace. There wasn’t much to note minus the gorgeous view if Atlantic City in the background. I was running alone and when I crossed the main road and I asked the volunteers to make Tim wait on the way back. They were personal friends.
We went onto a nice path during the second mile. We were dodging a few people outside of the race but nothing crazy. It was an out and back and I hit the halfway point in 9:48.
I thought, oh man this might work out and I could be under 20:00.
I thought back to the one moment I did get a deep tissue massage that close to any race. During the Santa Run in 2012, my calves felt a tightness they had not felt before. They were tight at the 80s run but nothing too crazy. I hit the second mile in 6:12 and was shocked.
The race flew by and by the time I knew it; it was 5k crunch time. I was catching my husband but not fast enough. I gave the last mile everything I had. By some miracle, I ran a 5:59 final mile and crossed in 19:10.
To be honest, I did not feel good in the slightest. My legs were sore from the massage but that was the choice I made.
I had a great time; the race was a lot of fun and well put together. Good Day for a Run does a great job with their themed runs and if you are local I would check out the Run the Vineyards, this Spring, Summer, and Fall.
While it wasn’t a great time for me, it was an enjoyable time and especially neat to go 1-2 with my husband.
Questions for you:
What is your favorite 80s song?
Have you run a race not feeling 100%?