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Today was the Rail Trail Half and 5K in Augusta - and the race director, staff and volunteers put on a GRADE A event.
I did a lot better than I thought I was going to!!!!
No, I my hamstring did not miraculously heal overnight and let me know all about it :(
No, I didn't break anything.
I saw lots of people I know, got to meet some new ones and had a great time.
Okay those are the highlights, now to get down to what happened.
When I got to registration, picked up my t-shirt, all within a minute (I got there early) and then asked to be dropped down to the 5K from the Half - no problems and that was done very quickly. There just was no way I would have been able to run, much less race the half today. My hamstring is still barking at me way too much and like I said in my post yesterday, it still just doesn't feel right.
The start of the 5K is 15:00 minutes after the start the half, so I was able to get some photos of the start of the Half
Rail Trail Half Marathon Start
and then had time to warm-up.
Where I really focused on loosening up the left hamstring and by the time the 5K started, it was feeling the best it has felt in a while.
When I got up to the starting line for the 5K, nobody seemed to want to be up front, so I ended up in the second row, which really surprised me. Jen B. started beside me and we ran together for a little, then for some reason or other, I started to feel really good going down Water St (the main drag) and picked the pace up, at one point I was briefly in 3rd place - certainly not where I expected to be today - that is for sure.
When we got to the rail trail, my pace started to fall off a little (not used to running that fast), but I was still feeling good. Unfortunately just after the first mile marker, my hamstring started to say nasty things in my ear and in no uncertain terms let me know that it was very unhappy. It told me that if I didn't slow my ass down A LOT, it was going to get pissed.
I slowed down.
The next mile was more about finding a pace that kept hammie happy and yet trying not to slow down too drastically. Finally, after the turn-around, I gave up trying to go faster, it wasn't working and just ran comfortably.
Yeah that is the upward creep on the pace chart down below, because the hamstring was barking at me way too much, to tempt fate too much.
It kind of sucked, because when the guy who won our age group flew by me, I didn't even try to stay with him. I just let him go. He did great and had a fantastic last part of the race, so I don't know if I could have kept up or not, but it would have been nice to have tried.
Strava - Rail Trail 5K Stats
Shoes: Skechers GoRun Ride 2's
Needless to say, I was very surprised at how well I did finishing 8th of 87 and 2nd in my age group in the 5K.
I am not going to complain about the time, that really is irrelevant. The great news was that I was able to run and finish the race without blowing up or re-injuring anything. I was sore and starting to limp a little when I finished and would not have wanted to run much further today.
No, the hamstring is still not right, but maybe it is better than I thought. Injury rehab is such a freaking roller coaster ride, one run you truly believe that you are never coming back and the next one you are back to being encouraged. All I know is that I want whatever is bothering the hamstring to quit it and just let me run like I know that I can run.
After the 5K, I stuck around and helped Seth and Scott out at the Skechers booth for a little while. It was fun meeting a lot of runners who were interested in trying out a pair of Skechers Performance line running shoes.
The looks on some of their faces when they first stood up and walked around in the shoes was priceless and the "these are Skechers?" comments were numerous. Skechers might not be for everyone, but I know that I really like them and they work better for me than other brands have over the past few years.
I have become a Skechers fan-boy and they are what I run in now. No I do not have any official or unofficial relationship with Skechers, other than I have received one pair of free shoes from their local rep, which sure as hell ain't going to make me say the great things that I say about them. I say these things because I love their running shoes that do not have that pleather strap on them ;-).
I want to thank the Staff and Volunteers at the Rail Trail Half and 5K, the race was well-organized, no issues during the event and was just a lot of fun. It is a race that I will do again next year and recommend it highly to anyone in the area.
Yeah, I had fun and maybe I am a little encouraged again, I will know more tomorrow, but I really hate riding the rehab roller coaster.