Two months ago I signed up for this silly race, thinking - surely I'll be healthy by then. Well, it turns out that injury cycles are the worst and really hard to get out of. I am making very slow progress but not as fast as I would like. It was only this week that I thought I would be able to run a 5K without causing additional damage. So I would say this is a huge success - I even get to change my picture back to a runner since I broke 25 minutes (by 4 minutes, take that SlowJoe!).
A bunch of us met at Allie's place and the enthusiasm and excitement from the doubleheader crew was priceless. They all left soon after, and then I was hanging out with the PhD nerds. We watched the runners in the half go by at mile 1 and again at mile 8 and the finish. The best part of the finishes was Jake yelling to Devra and Allie to run faster so they would have more time (20 minutes) to warm-up for the 5K :)
We all lined up for the 5K and I saw lots of familiar faces. I love the racing scene -it's so fun! I decided to run with Allie and Kevin as long as I could keep up without injury problems. The race went by fast, mostly trying to keep Allie's mind off of her previous 13.1 mile race and grumbling stomach. I really enjoyed the race - I wasn't really "racing" so there was no pressure and I could just enjoy being out there. My psoas muscle started to get tight during the race but no real issues. We all finished strong and broke 21 minutes.
Afterwards, we ran a short cooldown then waited far too long to get a bunch of medals. I ended up with the red ribbon medal because it matched my red shoes. Honestly, it gave me some confidence that maybe, just maybe, I can get my health back soon. On that note, I bought an EMS/TENS unit today...a guy was selling a commercial grade one on KSL for 1/8th of what it's worth. So my PT is going to teach me how to use it on Monday and maybe that will expedite my recovery. At any rate, I probably won't be racing until my 2013 breakthrough year :)
No pics today... I forgot to bring the good camera and Jake's iPhone doesn't take good pictures in the dark.