Running for a Cure
CIBC Run for the Cure – Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – 5k, Sunday 30 Sep.
Just a little 5k for me, but for some people can be a very long way if it is their first race so hats off to everyone who took part. I’ve now been injured for over 2 months with a knee issue and had only attempted running a week before the race. I started with 10 mins on the treadmill (slightly softer surface) building up to 20 mins over the course of the week. I’d already entered the run as part of a fund raising event with work so I figured I could always walk/run if I needed to.
It was a beautiful day for it and as I knew there would be mainly fun runners I figured I would start at the front. I totally planned to run around 4.45mins per k, maybe even 5 but as I set off at what I felt was a fairly easy pace, I was more than slightly surprised to see my first k at 4.10. But I felt good so just kept running. I passed a couple of other females and one of the spectators shouted out, “you’re 1st lady” and at 2k I was joined by a bike for the leading female. This was surprising as it was more of a fun run and not even chip timed but hey, I’ve never had the pleasure of a lead bike so lets make the most of it. The guy was great giving me hints about what was up ahead and giving me encouragement. I promised myself if my knee started to hurt I would slow down but although a little achy it seemed fine. So I continued to run as best as I could without pushing too much (race brain, 1st female was switched on though). I confess to having a little peek behind me but only on the final 200m – fortunately no one too close. So, I was first female and ran a very respectable time of 21.14 and was pretty happy about that.
Whilst I haven’t been running for 2 months I have been doing the Grouse Grind weekly, rollerblading and cycling so all of that cross training is obviously keeping me reasonably fit. Unfortunately it seems 5k is about as much as my knee can manage right now so I will keep up with the cross training and the odd short run until I am fully fit again.
Shame, as I had entered the Sacramento Marathon but that is totally out of the window. In typical runner fashion, I will say “there is always next year” and keep smiling