Last Sunday I had planned an easy 45 minute run as the last workout before a 5K race on Tuesday. Half way through I began feeling a very uncomfortable pain in my left foot. It was soon bad enough that I decided to do the sensible thing, stop running and walk home.
Walking however, turned out to hurt more than running. The only way I could move relatively pain free was running on my toes, so that is what I did, for a couple of kilometres.
Of cause the end result was that I could hardly move around for the rest of the day and my chances to race, let alone race well two days later looked rather bleak.
Monday I tried to stay off my feet as much as possible and Tuesday afternoon I was actually feeling pretty good. Walking still hurt, but running was ok, so I decided to ignore the cold rainy weather and go race.
At the race, turnout was pretty low. Seems like most had stayed indoor and checking the results afterwards it turns out there where 27 male runners doing the 5K route.
I warmed up as well as possible in the cold rain, felt no pain, lined up near the front and took off at the gun. In this race the 5K and 10K runners start at the same time and for the first 600 meters, run together, so when the 10K runners split off, I suddenly found myself in 2nd position and did a double check on my Garmin to see what pace I was running. The first KM was completed in 3:53, a bit fast so I slowed down a bit and was promptly passed by 2 other runners. I was now in 4th position, but later passed one of them. I ran the rest of the race deep in oxygen depth but managed to hold and take 3th place. To make it even better I also won a sports massage in the race lottery.
A fantastic day - normally I'm not much of a fan of rain, but thanks to the low turnout I actually managed to pace in the top 3 of an albeit small race.
Racing however did not really help my foot afterwards and I've taken the rest of the week off from running to try and heal up. Hoping to be back on the roads by Sunday if all goes well.