There a nice change from the injury saga.
I signed up for this 5K with the plan of doing it with my kids. I thought this would be a great way to stick to the run-walk diet and not try to do anything stupid and also to share this one with the boys.
I have done this 5K 3 times before and this course is no PR course..the last mile is all uphill and if the sun is out well it is brutal.
I was a little nervous about running on the road. I have not done that since the OC Half Marathon. I did not try any running with my orthotics on the pavement. I was not concerned with my time, I knew it would be terrible.
So things did not go as plan.
My kids picked that morning to act like little brats. I will not go in details but I ended up going to the race alone and heartbroken. Being a parent is the best and hardest job in the world.
I went and I decided to stick to the plan I have from my PT and do 2:2 run/walk.
So that was grand ma running and walking. That was not a race. It's ok. It was nice to be with other people and to be at a race.
It felt strange to run on the pavement. I felt like I was running on rocks, that's the best way to describe it. It's the orthotics. I am used to them for walking and also on the treadmill but not on the road. I did not have knee pain during the race. I felt completely out of shape. It is no joke. Wow. That is so depressing. I think that even if I could have run the whole distance I would have not been able to do it and not walk during the last mile up hill. It was also sunny and hot. But it did feel good to be kind of back even if this was a very humbling experience.
My time was terrible, probably 7 minutes slower than my 5k PR (27:xx ) but at this point it is not important and I know that so it is OK.
I am happy that I did it. I am happy that I did not do anything stupid and I did walk half of it. I a, happy that the knee was ok...I felt a tiny little pinch and that was it. So that is the good.
The not so good...besides the fact that my kids were not with me...was that I had pain in my right hip again. It really is soreness. It is not during running/walking but after I am done. I did talk to the PT about it because I am worried this is caused by the orthotics...although I had this at the OC half and I did not have orthotics then so maybe I am wrong. Maybe it is my gait that is messed up because of my left knee and I favor the right leg? PT said right hip flexor is very tight. That worries me. I don't want to have to deal with hip problems after having knee problems....enough already.
I stretched and rolled as soon as I got home and today it is much better.
Hope you had a good 4th of July!
We went to see the fireworks at the baseball stadium and it was great!
If you follow me on Instagram you saw pics and videos of it!
Are you on Instagram? If I don't follow you let me know you are there!
Watching young girls (same age as them) doing a dance number before the fireworks...Notice the level of attention??? I mean this is serious focus my friends.... :)