Hi there! I am apologizing in advance if this post is filled with errors, but I am writing this at 10pm on Sunday night after getting up at 3:30am to run the Key Biscayne 10K.
The race didn’t start until 6:45am, but it was recommended that all runners show up an hour early. Since I live in Fort Lauderdale I had to leave my house by 4:45am to make it in time! *yawn*
Yesterday was the first time I’ve gotten to race in my Team PAWS singlet!
On Saturday I spent a little bit of time adding Cecil’s name to the back. It came out messier than I hoped it would, but at least you can tell what it says ;).
I just used fabric paint and some stencils I found at Michael’s.
Before I get off on a tangent about crafting and cats, let me tell you what I liked and disliked about the Key Biscayne 10K & Half Marathon.
What I Liked:
- Very small race so there weren’t any crowding issues
- LOTS of food and beverage options at the finish line*
- Really pretty course along Key Biscayne
- Aid stations at every mile
- Out and back course (I know this is a con for some)
*At the finish line they had bagels with peanut butter, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, bananas, oranges, three different flavors of Gatorade, bottles of water, 3 different flavors of Muscle Milk and beer. That was the biggest variety I’ve ever seen and I thought it was really impressive for such a small race.
What I Disliked:
- No shade on the 10K course
- Running the giant Rickenbacker Bridge x2
There really wasn’t much to dislike about this race. My friend Claire ran the half marathon and said after the 10K/Half Marathon split the course got really snakey which she didn’t like. It definitely makes it hard to run tangents when the course is very curvy.
Personally, I didn’t love running over the Rickenbacker Bridge two times, but that’s because the bridge I train on is a baby in comparison! I started running up the bridge but about halfway up the first time I realized I was exerting a lot of effort, which was never part of my plan for this 10K. I was supposed to be running this race as a fun run since I am in the taper and just a week out from the Chicago Marathon.
I ended up walking up part of it the first time I had to climb it, and I ended up walking up most of it the second time around as well. There will be nothing like the Rickenbacker in Chicago so I don’t feel bad about walking up it at all!
After all the walking my overall pace had suffered quite dramatically but I didn’t care, I wasn’t in this race to PR or prove anything to myself. I ended up using a run/walk strategy the rest of the way and crossed the finish line in a time of 1:31 with an avg. pace of 14:42. I haven’t finished a race with an average pace that high in a very long time! Oh well, I earned my medal and enjoyed a beautiful morning on a course I’ve never run before!
One thing that is really stressing me out right now is how tight my calves are. They’ve been super tight since last Tuesday and nothing seems to be helping them. I’ve foam rolled, I’ve iced, I’ve stretch, I’ve been super conservative with my pacing … it’s very frustrating because I’ve never experienced such INTENSE tightness before.
After my run on Saturday and again after the race yesterday my calves were painfully tight to the point that it took me a while to walk normally post-run.
The worst part is I can feel the tightness building up as I run. If I can’t shake this I’m scared of what my calves will feel like after 15 or 20 miles because they’re pretty bad after just 5-8 miles.
I’m trying really hard not to stress too much about it. I’m doing everything in my power to get my calves back to feeling right. Worrying about what might happen this coming weekend isn’t going to help at all. Instead I’m staying positive and trying to push the negative thoughts as far away as possible!
I can’t help but wonder what caused this tightness though. I haven’t done anything new, I’m not wearing new shoes, I’m well hydrated … what could it be?!
Any calf tightness advice/tips? At the advice of my coach I’ll be going to get a sports massage on Tues.