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The race on Wednesday night was the best mistake I have made in a long time

I haven’t raced since late last year – I ran Tallinn Marathon and Ealing Half Marathon in September and Royal Parks Half Marathon in October. I got two PBs from these three races – 2017 definitely ended on a running high for me.

Then in January my left foot started niggling me. And then it got painful to the point that after about 7km of running, I could only touch down with my forefoot in a hobbling kind of way.

I noticed a bruise under the highest part of my (super high) arch and saw my GP, followed by a foot surgeon/specialist. Diagnosis: plantar fascia tear. Prognosis: no running, see a physio, revisit 5 weeks later.

13 weeks later I’m still seeing a physio once a week and only in the last couple of weeks have I been able to run more than 2km totally pain free.

Plantar fascia is a slow bitch to heal.

I have missed 3 races this year that I had signed up for and when my next local Chase the Sun approached for this week, I decided to race it. I was going to do the short 5km version anyway and I just wanted to race so bad!

On Wednesday night I ran 3km to the start point, got a picture with the Wombles, warmed up a bit more and the race was on!

It was crowded at the start and single-file through some parts on the common but I was racing and it was awesome. My pace was faster than I had anticipated after not really running much for 3 months but I just went with it. Quite a few times I had to walk around mud, most people did, the mud looked like if you went through it, you’d leave a shoe behind.

My foot felt absolutely fine but it always does while running. I finished in 24:20, my slowest 5km race ever but I didn’t want to puke and I ended up being the 3rd lady and 1st lady in my age group so how can I complain!

That night and the next day my foot was definitely a bit more niggly (it feels like I’ve been stung in the heel) but what the heck. I regret nothing. It was worth it.

I rolled my arch on a frozen water bottle that night and by Thursday night it felt much better.

The road back from injury is always up and down but I feel optimistic about it all and even if my physio tells me off next week – I REGRET NOTHING πŸ™‚

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    June 1, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Whoop whoop! Glad the race went well. Also, your SLOWEST 5K?? That’s a fast time for your slowest!

    • Reply
      mind matter project
      June 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      I don’t race 5k distance very often, that’s why! I think I need to start doing Parkrun to get more used to that distance.

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