Last week marked a slight milestone of sorts: I ran. Pain free.
This is very exciting for me on so many levels. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve been able to run since the beginning of August. Not very often. With a nagging injury and an ever-growing fear of damaging myself further, I’ve really shied away from running in favour of rest,
wine, cross-training, more wine, and more stretching than I’ve ever done in my life.The fact that I can’t wrap my leg around my head is truly mystifying because with the amount of time I’ve spend stretching out my poor unfortunate leg, I should be to do just that. Twice. But, I digress.
I’d registered for this run a short-while after I got injured as both motivation to get better and out of complete lunacy in thinking that I was invincible enough that I’d be back running 20-25km a week effortlessly.
Let’s all pause for a brief chuckle at my poor naive little runner’s brain….
Thankfully, it being a 5K, my being a good girl and abstaining from about 98% of my running (recall I’ve done 2, 10k runs since August, both were races I’d registered for before getting injured and both were approved by my physio at the time), I’ve been feeling really good. After 4 Graston treatments, my leg has been feeling worlds better and I was told to test it out at some point soon to see how it would respond under pressure. A 5k trail run in the dark seemed like the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Did I mention it was a costume event? Yeah…there was no way I was missing this.
Armed with my Sparkle Athletic skirt, my trusty Under Armour cold gear tights and my favorite blue crayon (also known as Michelle), I channeled my inner Minnie Mouse and off we headed to the trail: costumes, warm running gear and headlamps in tow.
I can’t say much for how the course looked because I really couldn’t see any of it. But the sky was mostly clear, the lakes were calm and the sound of several hundred runners on the trail was absolutely magical. The first mile was pretty congested. It was a mass start and the trail is only about 7ft wide and some parts were split because it was an out and back course and the 10k runners started about 15 minutes ahead of us. It was pretty cramped up but I eventually found some space to run. I decided it was a no tech run and I just wanted to run and feel the run in every sense of the word. I loved the cold air on my face, the night sky and seeing all the headlamps bobbing around me. It was just amazing. My legs felt fantastic, not an pinch of pain at all. They definitely felt tired in the last 500m from lack of running and training but overall, it was just incredible to be running again. The feeling of crossing a finish line was awesome. That high that comes from a great run and being surrounded by runners was so sorely missed, I am so grateful that I was able to experience it yet again.
The official results aren’t posted yet but I think I finished somewhere around 30-31 minutes. I’ll update when everything is posted.
Overall, I loved this event and will definitely be doing it again next year. I will also be planning a real awesome costume as well because the only thing that makes running more fun, is running in costume.