Today was The Coaster Run at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. My workout assignment was a Zone 2, 45 minute run and an easy 50 minute swim. The race was to take care of the run and I planned to swim after the run, however the pool was closed so no swim today. Now to the race.
I woke up at 4:00am after getting to bed at 1:30am. Hey these blog post don't write themselves!
Here is the kicker, at 2:00am the time sprung forward. So I actually only got an hour and a half. Got up, checked the weather, made my morning smoothie and headed for Buena Park. Arrived and parked the went to pick up my race packet. Unfortunately, there was a mix up and I ended up with a Medium t-shirt instead of an XL. Working on switching it. There was a bit of time to wait so I sat in my car until 7:00am. Lately, for some reason I have to pee both suddenly and often. So lots of available porta potty's are welcome. Fortunately, there were plenty. I only had to go three times.
At 7:00am I headed to my assigned wave corral. Number 6, based on my predicted pace time. "Very slow!"
Finally, it was time to go. BOOM!!! Somebody dressed in a frontiersman outfit fired a mock-gun in the air and we are off. We looped around the parking lot and into a tunnel and into the amusement park. We ran through the park and about half way through, my ankle/foot started to burn a little. So I walked a few steps and it felt okay so I began running again. Quickly the burning came back reminding me of my previous injury that took forever to heal. Dammit! I was staying in my Zone 2 heart rate but I felt like I was working a little harder than I normally do. I took it easy as much as I could, half not wanting to believe I might be hurt again! I alternated walking and light running until soon, the finish line was in view. I started to sprint and stopped myself, forcing the Z2 pace as I filmed crossing the finish line.
Chris Hauth seeing that I was injured again.
Here is a video of the race.
And here is an animation of the course.
I got home and passed out for a few hours only to wake up with my ankle/foot feeling stiff and sore when I walk. Great. Time to ice and elevate.
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Until tomorrow my friends.