Today I ran a 10km race – the 10km race that I registered for in May. We’ve been having unseasonably warm weather in the past week, and I was hoping for some warm weather for the race, but yesterday and today the skies were overcast and it was cold when the race started at 7:30 this morning.
I had some doubts as to whether I would be ready for this race. 10km is a very long way when all that you’ve done in training was 4km for the past two months and an 8km just once. My training has been limited since I started to work again. And I haven’t been able to stick to my training schedule. When my right calf twinged with a bit of pain on Friday, I began to think that doubling my usual training route on Wednesday was a bad decision. After all, I know from past experience that you have to build up your mileage slowly and in my panic to be ready for this race, I threw all caution to the wind and went against the rules.
My husband is a massage therapist and he got to work on my calves immediately. The muscles felt a lot looser afterwards, but there was still a painful spot on my right calf. So on Saturday night I slept with a Transact patch on my calf but the pain was still there when I woke up this morning. I thought there was nothing more that I could do and decided to run anyway. If my calf played up too much, I would just have to bail. But I wanted to line up and give the race a try.
As you can see, I made it! My strategy was to run all the downhills, walk all the uphills and to generally just run as much as I could. When it felt like I had walked for too long, I would run/walk poles as I do in training. My calves held up nicely and my time was once again better on race day than any of my training runs. I knew once I reached the 7km mark that I would finish. The last kilometer was tough, but I soldiered on and before I knew it I had entered the club grounds and my feet were running on grass.
I am so happy to have achieved this goal! I have once again shown that I am motivated by tough targets, they keep me focused on my goals and help me to keep going even when it seems a little impossible. I love to quote these words from Nelson Mandela. “It always seems impossible until it’s done”. So true.
For those who may be wondering, I ran in a fasted state. At one stage I did wonder if I would have had more energy if I had had breakfast. But what I have experienced is that I need to warm up and that I have more than enough energy in the second half of the race. I also only take a little water on the run and avoid the Coca-Cola that is liberally handed out. I am happy to run my next race in a fasted state again. Today my I went home after the race with my cousin. She is a great believer in taking a Herbalife recovery shake after training and so there I was being served a tall glass of choc mint shake this morning. And so my fast was broken two hours early.
My next 10km race is in two weeks time. Today I felt that I could have done better. I was not too tired at the end which means that I could have worked harder. I did walk all the hills after all, and if there is room for improvement, it has to be on the hills.
Until next time ☕️
PS. The captions on my collage is a nod to the Agile way of working in project management. Agile can be applied to doing almost anything in life. The captions are self explanatory but I hope a little context will help those who may find them puzzling.