Cue my injury in January, and my race bibs started being given away. As the time before Mississauga approached, I knew I wouldn't be able to race it. Then I knew I wouldn't be able to run it. Then I knew I wouldn't be able to walk it. Bib transfers were not allowed and it would cost me extra money to get a doctor's note and defer. I decided I was going to drop down to the 5K which was the top distance I had run once the previous week. I contacted the race organizers a couple weeks out and they said no problem, but I had to do this at the expo.
Cue the race expo. I picked up several race kits for friends the afternoon before the race weekend. I went to make the swap to the new distance to be told the 5K was sold out. Alas, the only other option was the 10K. Sign me up then. Eek. I hadn't run anything over 5K in almost 4 months.
I should also mention that due to a crazy storm we had earlier this spring, the first 5Peaks race of the season was rescheduled...for the same day as the Mississauga race.
Let me recap for you. Highest distance run in almost 4 months: 5K once. Race plan for Saturday, May 5th? A 6K trail race at Kelso (aka a ski hill) and a 10K road race later that day. This was truly going to be a Ragnar practice day!
Hmm. No wonder family and friends were looking at me with that stunned wide-eyed emoji look.
I got so pumped standing in that starting corral, I decided to start the race as an actual race. I ran 3 kilometers pretty much as hard as my current training allowed. After that the long day and my minimal training hit and I ran and walked the remaining 6K. I still managed to finish with a pace under what I'd been running in my recent training runs.
The smile below was genuine. I was back to running. And that was worth celebrating.
Thanks to my Maria and Kate for joining me for a full day of racing and pretend Ragnaring!