Sunday, December 09, 2007

My last race this year

Preface: Yesterday my right quad was feeling crampy for a few moments while we were walking around town, and it made me limp for half a block, but it quickly subsided and I thought no more of it. Silly me.

Today I went to the 29th Anniversary 15K, a race put on by the Annapolis Striders at the beautiful Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Maryland. I had never been there before, though I had often been in the area, and I've missed a lovely gem! I definitely plan to return to make use of the 6 miles of jogging/biking paths that wind through the woods, along with the nice-looking playground!

My running buddy Dave carpooled over with me - it was nice to have the company and the navigational assistance.

I had been hoping to finally break the 1:00 10K barrier in this race. However, the Race Gods had other plans for me.

It started well - cool (~38*F) and no winds made for good running weather through the woods. However, the terrain was considerably hillier than I am accustomed to and there were slippery wet leaves on the trails - which brought my pace down slower than I had hoped.

First three miles:
1: 10:17 (okay, maybe I'm too slow for a 10K PR today, let's keep running and see how it goes - ouch, stop and remove a stone from shoe, don't slip on the wet leaves!).
2: 10:14 (that's better, but maybe we'll work on a 15K PR today instead of 10K. Walk to get in some water at the aid station).
3. 9:58 (let's see, 3 miles in 30:31 - I'll have to have a huge negative split to go sub-1:00 in the 10K, but I'm game to keep trying, I'm feeling good).

At Mile 3.5 things ground to a halt.

It felt like my right lower quad cramped and then suddently it was too painful to fully straighten my knee. I could only limp along slowly, in considerable pain. Several runners were nice enough to ask me if I needed help, but no, there was nothing they could help with. Fortunately the course looped around close to the car and the finish line at 4.0 miles so I pulled out of the race.

I was able to see Dave make his excellent finish under 1:20, however! Well done! It was a really great event and we're planning to go back and train on those hilly trails later this winter, since there are no nice rolling hills like that anywhere around home in our county.

But first I have to fix this little lameness issue I have. I'm thinking it was some type of quadriceps cramping and tear. While the muscle was cramping it would have pulled on the patellar tendon enough to make it acutely painful at first. That pain subsided after about 20-30 minutes enough to walk fairly comfortably, and now it's just a low-level ache.

A quadriceps muscle pull is a lot better option than any kind of major muscle or tendon damage or tearing, so I'm going to work under that assumption for a few days and see how it goes. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

If you've got any other diagnoses or advice for me, I'm all ears! Naturally I'd like to resolve this quickly and without further incident!


Spokane Al said...

I've got no ideas for you other than hoping your quad problem is minor and rectified quickly.

LBTEPA said...
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LBTEPA said...

Bummer! No advice, just pleased you made the wise decision to be safe - as you always do! Fingers crossed for a quick resolution

Noah Wood - A Maryland Runner said...

Wow, I hope you feel better! It sounds like you were running a solid race for yourself until that happened. You made a wise choice comin' outta the race with an injury like that! I'd say since this is apparently your last race of the year, you might as well take a few days off at least until you're feelin' better. You have any races comin' up next year you're thinking of? No rush, I'm sure you can afford a little rest time so you can properly recover.

Btw, back around when fall started this year I ran in the inaugural Run for Her 5K in Quiet Waters Park. I agree, it's a great running venue, but those hills look fairly demanding as well. Congrats on finishing what you could and I hope you enjoy the upcoming Holidays :)

jeanne said...

awwww nancy, bummer indeed! i have no advice, but that does NOT sound like a fun injury. at least you went out in style! hope it resolves soon.

actually, i do have advice: REST, etc. you know the drill.

Rainmaker said...

Bummer. Well - look at the positive side - you have plenty of time before 'race season' kicks in to get all rested up. And do rest up - cause recurring injuries suck.

Brent Buckner said...

Ouch. Best wishes for rehab!