This morning I ran the St. Practice Day 5k along the Ohio in downtown Evansville. It was part of a two for one deal that I took advantage of around New Year's. Register for the Run of Luck 7k and get your registration for the St. Practice Day free. Ooook. Sign me up!
I had really high hopes for this race because I have been running 12-12:30 min miles on my own and at River Run training so I was secretly hoping to go sub-40 this race - something I have only done once in a race, the Turkey Trot in Louisville last year. I knew I could do it as long as I kept running.
I started out strong and finished my first mile in 12:12 and things were going great. Then at the turnaround not too long after the first mile, I somehow managed to roll my ankle. I'm not really sure what happened - if it was a combination of the road being wet, the large number of people on the turn or what, but holy cow that hurt! Mile 2 wound up being a combination of limping and running and I finished it in 14:03. I so wanted to quit but hearing the voices of my children cheering me on gave me the strength to go on.
I ran the rest of the way starting somewhere in the second mile even though it hurt incredibly. When I finished mile 3 in 13:17 I knew I was in the home stretch, even though the race was more like 3.3 miles instead of 3.1. I finished in 43:08 and my foot and ankle were completely numb by the time I got to the finish. Definitely not good. I was walking on it at Target this afternoon, but have been off it since we got home and it just aches. I had plans to run six miles tomorrow, but we'll see how it feels in the morning. I really don't want to make it worse and not be able to run the Run of Luck next weekend.
This was my worst 5k and even though I'm pretty upset about what happened, I'm trying to look on the bright side. I got to see some runners from my running group and I got to meet someone in person from my online group. Plus, when I entered my miles on Map My Run earlier, I noticed that my slowest mile was still faster than most of my miles for the Evansville Half Marathon last fall. So, my hard work at getting faster has paid off, even though I had to walk.