The race was a toughie yesterday, and did not result in a PR. Perhaps it was the lack of long runs (my longest was 90min and 10 miles), or having done a lot of the long runs on the tready, and not the packed snow/ice that was the race course. Who knows? At any rate it was a really hard long workout which will be beneficial for later!
I was 3 mins slower than my time from last year, which was a 1:45. I had no expectations going in, so how can you be disappointed if you have no expectations? While I'm not gonna lie and say I am happy with it, but I am certainly not going to be disappointed, either. As Geoff said, "It's better to be fast later in the season than right now", which is completely true! I am still building building building and have a lot more work to do!
The race was still fun overall. It was cold out but I felt pretty comfortable with what I was wearing. I went at a controlled pace. Unfortunately, with about 5-6km to go, both my calves seized up and tightened into huge knots, making each step a painful experience. I pressed on, not stopping or walking at all. I was definitely glad to be finished when I hit the finish line! The positive thing was that my endurance/stamina felt great and I could have kept going for another 5km at the finish line, if my legs had held up. So cardiovascular-wise, it was great, which is encouraging!
Today I am hobbling around as my calves are ridiculously sore! Since I can't flex my feet or lift my heels off the ground, my walk has turned into a shuffle. If you ask me to do a calf raise I will most likely have you arrested. I am going to attempt to bike tonight in hopes that I can loosen up my legs.
There is lots to look forward to as next weekend I am in San Fran and a few weeks after that is a trip to Arizona and a race in Mexico! Bring on the warm weather!