That time again – Mississauga Marathon weekend. Remember last year at my 10K? Didn’t even make it to the Start Line. An unfinished business.
I’m at it again this year. Surprise!! Another injury – piriformis (bum muscle). My initial thought, “Here we go again! Another DNF on my race history.” I have to change my name soon!! Last Thursday, my PT gave me an OK to run. Nothing was torn, only an extremely tight muscle. I was starting to feel better. Immediately after work that day, I went for a run to check my limits. Before reaching 2km, my piriformis was already aching. Uh oh.
I was determined to be a participant – jogging, walking, hopping, limping – whatever the means, whatever the distance. I decided to downgrade to 5K at the Expo. But the line-up to switch races was long and slow. No way! I’m sticking with the 10K. BEEP – my chip was scanned & activated. I bought a pair of compression socks. Work your magic!
The race was scheduled to start in the evening. Free shuttles transported runners from a designated parking lot to the starting line. I was nice & early, boarded the 1st shuttle, & arrived at the starting line 1.5 hrs before the race began. Long wait!! I stood the entire time since sitting would tighten up my piriformis.
Finally the race began! I brought my phone since I’d be
running jogging at a very easy pace. Might as well enjoy the scenery & take some pictures. That’s the spirit! At 2km, my piriformis started aching as expected. I swallowed my pride at 3km & walked. That didn’t last long. I got impatient & started jogging. I ended up jogging most of the race since the aches worsened every time I returned to jogging after a walk.
My lungs didn’t do any work. My pace was so slow. I needed some entertainment to keep me busy. I ended up taking tons of pictures & even texting on my phone!
I enjoyed the entire route. It was relatively flat & half of it was along Lake Ontario on the Waterfront Trail, overlooking the Toronto Skyline. Such gorgeous scenery.
Alright, 40km!! Almost there!! Just kidding, that’s for the marathon tomorrow.
I guess I didn’t have enough. I knew I crossed the finish line. But for some reason, I was still jogging away & only realized I was doing that when I saw a whole row of volunteers handing out medals!! Finish time was 1:13:11.8. At least I wasn’t last??
The past 2 weeks, I contemplated whether this would be my last ever running event. My body tends to malfunction when a race approaches. But I discovered today that there’s one aspect about running events that I prefer over biking. In running, you are ALWAYS with lots of people regardless of your speed. In biking, I often find myself biking alone for long stretches due to the large distance that a cycling event covers. This is enough of a reason to continue registering for future running events. I’m good with that! 😀