I ran my 2nd half-marathon today...on St. Patrick's Day. Thankfully this one was closer to home...in the Memphis area.
Arrived at the Germantown Athletic Club around 6:30am for packet pick-up. At packet pick-up, I met one of the girls I've been tweeting with that also has a running blog...@MommiesRun aka Cecilia. She's on the sidelines right now due to a stress fracture & having to wear a walking boot...hoping that's not going to be me!
Ok, so I've been having ankle issues for a while. This week, I talked with the physical therapist that just recently bought the gym I attend. She offered to tape me up Thursday evening & wanted me to run on it Friday morning...ran about 4.5 miles & worked great...no pain...no twinges. She met me at the gym to tape me up again last night. I was so hoping this would work...
Unfortunately, I was uncomfortable throughout the race...pain started within the first mile or two. I sucked it up & tried running through it, but somewhere around mile 10 I had to walk briefly & then again around mile 12. Not only was my ankle hurting, but I was starting to get that floppy, clumsy leg feeling...I assume that's lactic acid build up.
I must admit, this race was a lot more lonely along the course...not many cheering crowds compared to Birmingham & to me there seemed to be more hills, though I haven't compared the elevation of the two races. I felt I struggled more in this one.
I was hoping to beat my time of 2:02:59, but that didn't happen. I finished in 2:09:15...a little disappointed, but I guess that's not too bad for being in pain & trying to fight through it.
My husband has an appointment with our family physician tomorrow morning...I may tagalong & see if they can squeeze in an x-ray.