The Decision

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!


Up there with the Brazen medals… it’s the It’s It!


Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

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12 comments on “The Decision
  1. Cathryn says:

    Good decision, I like it. Enjoy the ice-cream 🙂

  2. JS says:

    I think it’s a good decision too. Enjoy bonding with LJ.

  3. Kate says:

    Hooray for It’s-It’s! Glad you’ll still be out there with me!

  4. Dominick S. says:

    Have fun and RICE it up after just in case!

  5. Good decision, do not want to over do it and aggravate your injury.

  6. Sounds like a great decision! Enjoy!

  7. […] my ankle had other plans when it decided to be ornery and get injured a week before the race. After lots of thinking, I decided to switch to the […]

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