Quandary: I’m signed up for a 10K this Saturday, but I strained my ankle last Saturday. As of today (Wednesday), I’m fairly mobile on level ground and there is no significant swelling or tenderness. I only have pain when I flex my ankle to the extreme range of motion (towards my shin), but there is no pain when I’m in a brace. I’m fairly sure that I’ll be 100% better soon, but I’m not quite there yet.
The issue is whether or not I should run this 10K on Saturday. Clearly, the ankle thing puts a damper on my dreams of a big 10K PR, but there will always be other races. Here are the arguments that have been bouncing around in my head:
Pro: I have been itching to run a race. Plus, I know at least 3 people running on Saturday so it will be fun.
Con: Why risk injury? My “A” race is the SF Half, not this 10K.
Counter-Pro: My goal is to race smart. I will DNF if I start to feel any significant pain.
Pro: Even though I really want to PR, it would be nice to just go out and race for fun, not for time. I’m even thinking about running without a Garmin (gasp!). I think it might be a good experience for me.
Con: Why am I paying for a flat, ugly (relatively, by Brazen standards) course if I can’t PR?
Those are the main arguments. (FYI: money/registration is not an issue.) Before I decide anything, I’m going to try jogging tomorrow and see how I feel. If it doesn’t hurt, I’m leaning towards running on Saturday because I feel like I can run smart. But maybe I’m actually being stupid (ironically), because I might get caught up in race day adrenaline?
What do you think? Yay or nay?