|New Compression socks and Infinity Shrug Jacket|
I ran from my house to the start of the race which is a little over a mile. When I got the race I thanked my lucky stars that I always run races with cash, credit card and my drivers license in case of an emergency. I thought I had registered for the race, but clearly I only put it on my schedule and didn't pay for it. LOL oops...
While I waited for the race to start I decided to run another mile. I ended up running 2.4 miles before the race started. I knew that if I didn't get the miles in before my run, it was a very slim chance that I would get them in after my run.
This was the saddest race I have ever run. The first 10 miles of running were good. I bought compression socks earlier in the week to help with the soreness in my calves and I felt a drastic improvement. I didn't have to stop to walk. I kept a fairly steady pace and just felt overall good. Once I reached mile 11 (mile 8 or so of the race), it all came crashing down. My left knee started to hurt. Even the littlest pressure on it hurt like hell. I tried to walk on it and the pain just wouldn't go away. I continued and kept trying to go, but the pain was causing me to cry at this point. I had to stop and seek assistance from the medic. I got an ice pack and sat and iced it for a few minutes. Once I started back it felt really good for about a quarter mile. Then the pain started again. I knew I probably should have stopped and taken a DNF, but I was being hard headed and determined to finish. I ended up walking the last four miles of the race, crying most of the time.
I was in pain, sad and angry. I was angry because I have been training for this for what seems like forever and I was doing so well and was really excited that I was going to finish at a good pace for me. And I lost it because my body wouldn't keep up. I was sad because its never a good feeling to know you wont achieve your goal no matter how hard you try.
|It was supposed to make me feel better|
What is your worst race experience? How did you get past it? Any advice to rehab my knee?