YMCA Strong Kids race 2012, my third year in this event. I did not prepare well for this race. Healing from injury, I’d been avoiding impact by primarily hiking. I did not expect to be anywhere close to last year’s pace.
I was happy to finish the race and see some friends. Good memories were made last summer and I met many new friends on the trails. I saw many of them at today’s race.
I woke to a heavy frost and brilliant sunrise, the temperature was 26 degrees as I left for the YMCA. I had the race start time wrong and had time to visit with Matt at the front desk and watch the set-up. I even had an orange pre-race.
The kids have the 1-mile fun run before the adults do their 5k, 10k, and 10 mile events. A wide range of ages, some very eager and other quite shy. It was exciting to cheer them on.
I did some warm-up stretches and a bit of yoga and qigong to loosen up prior to my event. I tried to leave my ego at home. I was going to walk 1/2 of the course, heading out to the turn around at a race-walk–that was my plan–jog the return.
I did not stick to the plan! I still competed with a walk/jog and I discovered that by not preparing my mileage for this race, I was winded. But that might have been a good thing, being a little short of breath kept me at a slower pace. Healing from injury means going slow is a good thing.
The important thing is I did finish. I received a 15 minute massage after the race. It made me aware of a little hip burisitis. I iced at home. Later in the afternoon, I went hiking with Mike and my left knee was sore. Bt I am overall, hopeful.
Judy Sarosik took this photo of me crossing the finish line. Looks like I was feeling pretty good. I finished with a time of 35:56. I am still awaiting the official times to be posted.
I thank Erik Winkelmann for the nifty tee-shirt, and for his help in my healing.
Official results can be viewed here!
Age group: 40-49
Placement: 13 out of 16
Overall placeement: 112 out of 149
Mile: 11:35 minute average
Today was my last day of Physical Therapy. I needed more. But I am switching jobs and losing my insurance. This change is a good change–ironic–but good. I now have to be solely responsible for my own progress.
I headed to the short trail run that normally starts my spring season. A loop around Presque Isle in Marquette normally leads to two laps…and so on. Today I walked slowly with my camera in gale force winds. That trail looked as rough as my winter training–many downed trees.
I’ve a long road ahead of me.
It started with a knee injury, IT-band pain and hip-bursitis from over-running and taking on trails above my skill level.
An up-slip of my hip, a possible ruptured disk and so on…led to a long winter.
I did some gait retraining.
On a good day I can run a mile. On a bad day I can walk a mile.
Here’s the kicker. I am registered for the Grand Island 1/2 marathon in July.
I am the turtle.
The race I wish to win is recovery and finishing the 1/2 in July.
Today I ran the Marquette Senior High School annual Turkey Trot. I ran the 10K distance at a time of 1:07:54.
There was water at the 5K turnaround none at the 10K turnaround. No water at race ned and no fruit only cookies. Not good for those gluten free runners, eh? I had a water bottle and back in the car a banana.
I had knee issues on the good knee during and after the race.
Took the time to stretch before launching into cleaning and cooking for our guests who will arrive today at 4pm.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
I am grateful that my body lets me run! For family! And for the banana in my car
My results for today’s Lake Superior Shore Run.
Date: 10/1/2011 10:00 AM
Distance: 5 kilometers
Pace: 11:25:01 / mile
Weight: 150 lb
Age group: 40 – 49
Group Placement: 12 / 20 (60%)
Gender Placement: 72 / 128 (56.3%)
Notes: knee pain both
Trail Run–Little Presque to Wetmore
The trail held a couple of surprises today!
Today, I attended Farmer’s Market and picked up veggies for the week. I had intended for today to be a rest day, physically. I had “land” physical therapy on Thursday and Friday I had a “pool.” Yesterday I had a migraine headache. Cooler day, slower Saturday good for nourishing the body. But the cooler temps enticed me o the trails. I chose a lakeside run on trail.
Parking at Little Song Bird just off County Road 550 allows me a slow warm-up as I head toward Little Presque parking lot. My knee was taped for stability and a quick walk informs my body where my knee “is” for the run. I decided a nice slow pace with stops for photos would be appropriate but I also wanted to challenge my status with this injury? Just how was my strengthening going? So I took the trail toward Wetmore which is complete with two staircases, and many roots.
The surprises. White Chairs along the side of the path. Musicians with instruments. A whole wedding!
We are blessed with this beautiful land, the Great Lake of Superior, and love!
Also, I’m blessed with a great physical therapy team that is helping my knee stability!
For more on this section of trail visit: http://www.northcountrytrail.org/nct/Wetmore.htm
I was the first runner to arrive. There were no signs as we enter the Lower Falls area at Tahquamenon. Strange. We drove around parking lots. Finally, we saw a couple walking their dog and asked if they had seen anything. “Over there.” They replied. We parked and I jogged, “Over there.” Beyond the gift shop in a rainy field I was greeted by Starting Gates. No people.
It was going to be a wet start to the race. The bathrooms were locked. People were starting to gather. Superior Timing started handing out timing chips. Runners Tahquamenonbegan to gather under thick trees and the overhang of the gift shop.
I had already made up my mind that I would not take photos during this race. Running with an injury on a challenging trail run, that was also wet, full of inclines and declines, rocks and roots, the camera was a distraction I could not afford. Plus, I was feeling good. I was feeling like I could really RUN! So this photo was the last I took. Afterall, I had a crew of one and he had a great camera.
During the pre-race rundown the race organizer stated there were roots as tall as our knees and we would walk that section of the trail. I thought, overdramatic! I learned later that there certainly were roots as tall as my knees, downed trees, boardwalks tipping precariously toward the river and more.
The run was exhilarating. The tape on my knee held up through 1/2 the race then the wet brush started loosening it up. I had to get my steps in check at that point. But I was able to run. So free. And I was able to pass people in front of me. I ran a smart race. It has been my tendency to go out too fast and fade off. This race I was passing people and I finished strong.
Fifth in my age group! High fives to the kids gathered to greet runner entering the parking lot and headed to the finish line! I had enough energy to say let’s do it again! Fun, fun, fun trail.
The Tahqua 10k is part of the Great Lakes Endurance Series and there was also 25K finishers that crossed the same finish line.
I volunteered at my first aid station today! I decided it was not a run weekend for me and that it was time to do my part in support of other runners. The Marquette Trail 50 is an ultra that includes a 50K and 50-mile run in Marquette County. I had 2-3 helpers thru my shift at Aide Station 2. I mixed up the HEED following directions and I brought water and ice. I arrived on site 30 minutes before my suggested time, dragged the table out of the bushes, and set up hydration and fuel.
I knew from reading blogs and mags that ultras are different but to actually watch and assist was an experience. Families and friends show up at various aid stations to support and assist their runners. The runners even have drop-bags at various aid stations. Some have nuts and dehydrated fruits, other Progressive soup in pull top cans. I watched a runner pop the top of his soup and bend the lid into a makeshift spoon.
Runners are spaced out. I noted each runners number and time as they crossed thru my station. I made sure all runners were accounted for. I was instructed to close my station at 11am due to a cut-off time.
One runner decided to drop-out of the race at aid station 2 which was 18 miles into the race. It is best not to re-injure oneself and to know your body. It is something all runners will have to balance at some point in their running careers.
The next aid station was another 4 miles away and the heat of the day was starting to show at 11am. The day had started cool but with blue skies the inland areas of the race had runners in need of hydration. I look forward to assisting again next year.