This morning I ran my first Cross Country race ever and I loved every minute of it! Yep, I even enjoyed the rain, the chilly wind and... even the mud!
I had decided to wear my old-but-not-yet-retired running shoes and I am glad I did! The photo here above says it all, eh?
I was told that although fairly flat (Elevation Gain (ft) +87 / -89) the course was challenging because of the irregularity of the turf and obstacles on the trail. I was highly recommended to not try to make a great time, but just to enjoy my first experience "in the mud" without getting hurt.
I finished 77th overall out of 139 participants (4th out of 17 in my age division) and in 28:07 minutes. That is an average pace of 9:05 min/mile. Just for the record, the first Lady in my age group finished in 25:10 minutes and the second in 27:14 minutes. I was not far behind...
Mile 1 = 9:19 minutes
Mile 2 = 9:11 minutes
Mile 3 = 8:57 minutes
.1 mile = 40 seconds
Awards were simple; pint glasses decorated with the logo of the race, but raffle prizes were kind of cool (2 pairs of Running shoes, Road IDs, Fuel Belts, Gift certificates for Pizza,...) for those who were lucky enough to have their bib number being drawn out of the "magic bucket" - not me, but that is fine because I already have my Road ID and a Fuel Belt that I actually won at my running club dinner two days ago. One cannot be lucky every day, huh?
Post-race food was *very* tempting: Cinnamon rolls, Whoopie Pies, Muffins,... I stopped looking after that and reasonably grabbed some grapes as I was holding in my other hand my traditional post-race hard boiled egg and almonds.
Because it is all about making the right choices, right?
I am lighter than I was a couple of weeks ago and I certainly could feel the difference while I was running this morning. I was not going at my usual racing pace (difficult in grass and mud) but I could feel that I was making less efforts pushing my body forward with each stride.
Plantar Faciiatis didn't bother me at all during the race. I think I was well prepared. I had stretched and massaged my feet before getting out of the bed, and I had removed the insoles that I had added into my Nike Triax when I started jogging at low pace and I needed more cushioning under the front of the foot, and laced the shoe tight around my foot and it worked just fine.
I was feeling so well after the 5K that I decided to go for that long run I usually do every weekend and as every Sunday I ended up running 10 miles total today.
Back home, I was a little sore so I immediately massaged and stretched my foot thouroughly, rolled a ball under my foot, applied ice and sport cream. Hopefully, running today didn't cause more damage to my injury... [Cross my
My Sparky Friend Tika could not make it to the race, but I was thrilled to get to run with another Sparky Friend and two of the Lady Godivas (the rest of the group was practicing next weekend 5K race's course)
Anyway, today was a challenging and exciting experience that
certainly makes me want to run more Cross Country in the future!