This race should have been a massive PR for me, and up until the 6th kilometre, I was on pace for smashing my old record. Until it wasn’t.
The first 3 kilometres were fine and great. I felt good and I managed a steady pace. Yeah, it was hot (by Scotland standards, not anywhere else) but I didn’t feel overheated or anything. I wasn’t sprinting, nor was I dawdling. I didn’t want to start out too fast and not have anything in the tank for the end. Sadly, neither of my knees got the message.
Steph was outside the flat (I love a race where I can run past my home and the route I regularly run!) with a sign for me to cheer me on. This was about 3.5km in.
It was just after I saw her sign that I had to stop and stretch. I hoped that stretching would alleviate the slight niggle from there, but it just seemed to get worse and worse and in both knees, which is something that has never happened before.
Somewhere around mile 4-5 was the worst and I had to stop running altogether. I would try again every few minutes to see, and the pain was just unbearable. I stopped to stretch a few times to see if I could just loosen up, but unfortunately, nope. I walked as fast as I could without having any pain, but by the end I was practically limping. I was really frustrated because I had trained well, and was really very well prepared for this race (having a UTI this past week not withstanding).
When I saw the finish line, I made every attempt to run; I wasn’t walking across that line! I managed a very sad hobbling gait, but I did it. At least I was faster than the first time I ran this race!
I was so glad that Steph was there, because it was terribly crowded and people kept shoving me (not for the first time today) and I nearly burst into tears as I was so frustrated. I had her lead me out of the park and home (the wait for post race massage was insane!).
I am pretty bummed about my time, especially since I was making good time and felt really confident at the 5K marker. It’s terribly frustrating to set out to PR and totally bomb the race. 🙁
At any rate, I’ve stretched and Tiger Balmed my knees and they are feeling better now. Not 100%, but I know I will get past this. I have a half-marathon to train for! I will definitely be making a call to my physio tomorrow!
An aside about the race itself- this was the first time this course had been used, and to be honest, I’m not sure if I was a fan. I loved the fact that I was able to run past my flat and run along the river as I normally do. However, when we were restricted to the narrower paths of Kelvingrove Park and along the Clyde, I was shoved, punched, and hip-checked several times. I’ve never had this happen in a race before and it wasn’t a good experience.
I also found it difficult to pass people while on these narrower paths as those that were intentionally walking the race were walking 3-5 across and generally didn’t appear to be aware of others. I made sure I checked to the side and behind me anytime I moved over or overtook anyone as to not bump into anyone else, but not everyone was as vigilant. I think this could have been remedied with an additional wave or two and have anyone walking stay at the end of the wave they were in. I know this was difficult to do today considering I was in the queue for the porta-loos well into the warmup and just jumped in the middle of my wave where I was able to find a place to stand.
Hopefully, if the course is still the same for next year (and I’m still here to run it), these issues will have been ironed out. For now, it’s icing, stretching, and on to the Great Scottish Half in October!