Alarms set for 3:30 a.m., met teammates at Whirlaway store and drove teammate Karen Durante (Gumby) arriving with plenty of time. Pre-race taped on Friday afternoon and wearing my hinged ankle brace until race time. Only a brief warm-up before diving into unknown territory… RACE after 7 weeks wearing ankle brace, # of running days you can count on one hand, lots of biking, bit of elliptical, dabble of pool running. Despite averaging 2 hours a day crosstraining during those 7 weeks, the not running and rehabbing… how bad was it going to be?
Reduced expectations, didn’t look at splits. Miles went by and held on better than imagined, even catching familiar targets. Whirlaway teammate Reno Stirrat yelled around 4 miles that I was finally not favoring my foot… first time since mid December… my exclamation was likely heard half mile away!!! Wooooo!!!! Extra push to finish fiercely!!
Why beaming post-race? Couldn’t be happier with the outcome!!
Given injury, anemia… hoped I’d run just less than 40… official time was 35:19!! 7:04!! Foot didn’t hurt!! Fantastic day!! Whirlaway teams finished 1st men masters, 1st female masters, 1st men seniors, 1st female seniors, 2nd female open, 6th men open.
Looks like I’ll even score 5 points in USATF Grand Prix individual standings to keep me in 4th place… excellent!!
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