After spending the last two races in the series pacing a friend to her sub 30 minute goal and the first two going for, and achieving, a new 5K PR myself; I really didn’t have any goals in mind for this final race. My legs we still dead from racing the AJC Peachtree Road Race (10K) in Atlanta and then running 5 more miles of hills the next day. I had tried to get a few runs in leading up to this Thursday night race, but my left calf had been acting up and so most of those runs had turned into walks. When I arrived at the race and the temperature was still in the 90s with a real feel in the 100s I decided to just take it super easy and listen to my body.
I started the race off at about a 9:00 minute mile pace and quickly realized my left calf wasn’t having any of that. I slowed down to a comfortable pace and around the mile marker noticed that the friend who I had paced the two races before was approaching behind me. I was HOT and pretty miserable with a crazy calf knot so I stopped and waited for her. It was much more fun to run with a friend and since I wasn’t going for any time goal and was trying to take it easy on my body this seemed like a smart decision.
Around the 1.5 mile marker she wanted to stop and walk for a minute and the truth is we never started running again. It was so freaking hot, neither one of us was really feeling it, my leg was kind of bothering me, and we were having way more fun walking and talking. I actually got to take in a lot more of the course this way. I noticed, for the first time ever that there is a pirate ship in the water right before the 2 mile marker, never saw it before because by that point I am always half trying to push and half convincing myself I won’t die. So funny.
I will be back for this series again next summer. I am going to register early again so I get all 5 races for the price of 3. Plus I love how they have food and awards after each and every race. I would really highly suggest Race the Landing to anyone who is interested.
Have you ever walked a race instead of running it?
PS – I also walked my Friday, Saturday, and Sunday workouts instead of running them and I have been rolling my left calf like a mo-fo. I will be heading to see my sports med chiro on Tuesday so he can hopefully take care of this evil knot once and for all.