It was VERY easy to get to the starting area and there was no traffic turning into the parking lots. The town hall where we started is at the end of a shopping area so there was plenty of parking spots and easy to find the starting area from there. The half went first, followed by the 5k. The time to use the portapotties was when the 1/2 marathoners were lined up, listening to the UT and OU fight songs. There were no lines so I took advantage. Bad part is I think that's when one of my earbuds dropped off the earplug :( I don't know when it happened, but I ran the race with one earbud in since the other was unprotected.
To sum things up, it went well until mile 2. It wasn't my IT band, and I would have cried if it had been my IT band. The flare up I had last month reared its ugly head, so I switched my intervals during the last mile. I could run for at least a minute at a time so that's what I decided to do. I wasn't out to break any records; I wanted to run by feel from the very beginning to see how everything went.
I have some theories about this flare up. The spot is in the middle of classic runner's knee and my IT band spot. I'm going to incorporate some more quad work in case it is runner's knee, and I'm going to work on loosening up my calf, in case it stems from last. I went to my LRS and they said it could be tight calves and I've been battling that for the last month, and my lacrosse ball found a whopping knot in that calf during my recovery.
I also think in part it's because this was my first run outside in quite a while. Like maybe last fall when I was using the track. Now that the weather's turned more towards fall, I can take my runs off the treadmill and pick things up. I run faster when I'm outside, which may have contributed to the flare up, and the contours and banking of the course probably did too. My next plan of attack is to start small with mileage as I transition outside. If it's not that, at least I'll be off the treadmill and running my normal running gait.
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Oh, and let's talk about Rock Tape. Let's talk about how painful it is to take the tape off after a race. It's not like taking off a band-aid. I didn't really need the layer of skin, did I?
Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.