Thanks everyone for your feedback/thoughts on whether I should run the Western Pacific 10K on Saturday. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I decided to take my ankle out for a test jog this morning. I was very optimistic that I could do a short, slow lap (3 miles) around the Lake. The first few minutes weren’t bad, actually. My form was a bit wonky, since I was trying to be extra careful/gentle with my ankle, but there was no pain to speak of. After about 5 minutes though, I started to feel a subtle throb in the center of my ankle every time I landed. The good news is that it ceased immediately after I stopped running, and that it wasn’t acute pain — all signs pointing to it being the minor injury that I suspected. However, I didn’t want to risk unnecessary damage/injury, so I was a good girl, cut my run short, and turned around for home. *Sigh*
With that “run,” I nixed the 10K. Kate suggested that I switch to the 5K, which, for some reason, had escaped me as a possibility. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed to make sense. Why?
- I would’ve tried running 3 miles on Saturday, regardless of whether I was racing. I might as well do it at a Brazen race. (I run for It’s Its. haha)
- The Gypsy Runner’s sister and dad are signed up for the 5K. I was thinking it would be fun to run with his sister LJ, who tends to run in the 10-11 minute pace range — and exactly my target for this race.
- I would (hopefully) get back in time to cheer on Kate as she sets a new 10K PR! (fingers crossed, knock on wood,…)
- If I have to DNF or take walk breaks, 3.1 miles won’t be too miserable.
So, the decision is made! I’m actually excited to be running a 5K for fun on Saturday. Racing for fun? What a concept! No Garmin and no anxiety. Hooray!