I am proud to report that I SURVIVED a three race weekend despite the foot injury I was worried about last week. On Saturday I ran my first 10K (6.2 miles!), and on Sunday, I ran TWO races in a row, the challenge being called the “Irish Double”. This was an 8K and a 5K, one after the other.
The 10K was definitely challenging. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, but the wind made it really difficult. It was really daunting to run a race that long even though I’ve been doing it on my own for quite some time now. I was happy with how I finished considering the wind, the cold temps, and my foot injury. It wasn’t really bothering me during the run; it was more annoying than anything, but I was definitely aware of it. My friend ran the 5K and my husband walked the 10K because he was signed up, but he can’t run at all due to injury. I am so proud of him for walking the entire distance, because he had to swallow a lot pride to do so!
Sunday was the Irish Double. It was FREEZING! The temp was 6 degrees when the race started, but the windchill was nearly ten below zero. My foot was feeling a bit sore, but not unbearable. I told myself that if I made it through the 8K (5 miles), it didn’t even matter if I walked the entire 5K, just as long as I finished both races. I was really happy with my time for the 8K, especially considering the temps and the running I did the day before. I finished in 1:04:34.
In between the 8K and 5K, my hubby kept the car warmed up for me and I took off my shoes for a bit and warmed up. It was really hard to go back out in the cold after being in the warm car! There were also about 3000 people participating in the 5K, so it was pretty congested the entire time. My foot was really hurting during this race, so my finish time was nearly ten minutes slower than my normal pacing, but I didn’t care. I was excited to just finish the challenge of the Irish Double! After getting my second medal of the day, my hubby picked up takeout at my FAVORITE restaurant (a vegan place) and we went home. Isn’t he sweet?
I’m SO glad that I challenged myself last weekend to all of that running, because I feel a lot more confident that I can complete the half-marathon next month. For now, I’m going to rest my foot for a bit and hope for the best, even if I don’t get my last long run in before the big day.