OK, enough pretending. Doc would probably say he told me so but I just had to run this year's Run Fest. Last year I did a PR 5K at this event but last Sunday I wasn't hoping to get anywhere near the upper 80%.
Nursing my knee pain, I started out my 16K with a 7.5 min/km pace. I was able to keep it up until around the 4K, 5K mark where I slowed down even more and I just alternated it with walk breaks.
My low EQ got the best of me but I was obviously not in any condition to run, especially a 16K that passes McKinley Hill. Oh the horror! That dreaded hill of my first ever 3K run(walk) in 2009 continues to haunt me until me now.
But do you know what is more painful than trying to get your bad knees across 16K of asphalt?!
My singlet did not fit!
No amount of holding my breath can allow me to wear that singlet! It's funny now that I think of it but imagine what I felt when I was trying it on the night before! Emphasis on trying. Ha!
But cmon, my knees nor my doctor stopped me, how would not wearing the singlet do otherwise?!
Near the finish line, the marshal saw me limping my way through. But he cheered me on and said "Last 1K. Keep it Earl. Then finish strong."
That gave me a little boost and I finished as strongly as I could. My girlfriend and I really appreciate the fact that the marshals call the name of the runners. After all, the names are much bigger than the number, and I felt much bigger than the distance.
It was a good event overall. I want to greet takbo.ph a Happy Anniversary! May this group continue to support its members to inspire new runners all over the globe.
It's definitely not a perfect event (what is?) but like runners always say, "Keep moving forward!"
Good job and congratulations for another year of awesomeness!
Here are some shots from the event.
My lovely personalized bib (I so love my full name :P)
At Mini Stop
Alot and Tey
Tey and Earl
Showing off our pretty 16K medals. Whattahair!
The Superposition? My left knee couldn't carry me that much and so I was having a hard time balancing on one leg.