Yesterday I had my final physio appointment and was given the green light to run in tomorrow’s 10 mile race in Manotick! When I arrived my physiotherapist asked how my calf was feeling and I immediately replied, “Great!” His next question was very sensibly… “Are you just saying that because you want to be able to run on Sunday?” There’s a guy who knows runners. But honestly, things are feeling good. I am taped up and hopefully ready to run. I was only given permission to run for 5 minutes today to make sure I had one more day of healing before the race. As dumb as I looked, I just put my shoes on and jogged on the spot in my house. Hopefully my calf holds up for the hour and half I will need tomorrow to complete the course.
In a perfect world, I would like to finish in less than that hour and a half. Last year I finished in 1:29:xx, a time that completely surpassed my hopes of a 1:33. I was the 36th woman out of 129 and was 15/49 in the 40 -49 age category (hate those 10 year age categories!). If it weren’t for the calf injury and a week of no running, tomorrow looks like a perfect day for a PB. The temperature should range from a cool 4-9 degrees C and the wind is supposed to be only 11 km/hr. Last year I found the headwind on part of the course to be a challenge. It is also calling for a mix of sun and clouds. I have run this course in full sun and there is no shade to be found, so clouds could be a blessing.
My plan is start slow, see how things feel and then slowly speed up and hope for a negative split. I will be very interested in seeing how a week off affects me. Will I be tired and stiff? Or will I have that awesome feeling where my body just wants to run? It could go either way. I know I said I would aim for a slower pace than last year, but I would be lying if I said it hasn’t crossed my mind that maybe I could beat 1:29. I’ve checked my times at the Prague Half Marathon and I hit 16k at 1:31 and I was running a little conservatively there. I know I need to be careful tomorrow, I don’t want to ruin the three other races I am doing in May. But I also know I will be a little disappointed if my time is over 1:32. This one is going to be a hard one to call.