November 16, 2015

Rockingham 10km – The One I Never Finished…


Before I start rambling, I need to say that I’m trying to keep this as light hearted as possible…

When I consider the terrible situations of late, the fact I tripped over during a race pales into insignificance.

The good thing is, I did have a good day because I got to run in the wind, talk to some lovely people from the UK Run Chat Community and at least I can run. Well, not right now…but in my head I’m running fast in a beautiful landscape and feeling on top of the world, until my phone goes and reminds me that I’m in a bit of pickle but never mind.

Let’s talk about the day…

I woke up feeling refreshed after a week of feeling under the weather, I’d had some slow runs on the build up to the event and I was in the mood to reach a reasonable time. I popped on my most comfortable running kit, laced my new trainers, packed a change of clothing encase it rained and headed to Rockingham Race Track with G to run the 10km.

Once we were there I met the lovely Joanna from Tea Cups and Trainers and Jodie in the highly glamorous location of the ladies toilets. If, this was not a race it would sound most peculiar and maybe even a little suspect but come on reader – Pre race nerves meant I had to visit the loo at least 300 times before I ran.

Before I knew it we were starting, the wind was rather forceful and I made a mental note to try for a fast first 5km while I felt fresh and then finish with a steady more enjoyable 5km to end with a smile. I started off a lot faster than I should of and soon eased my pace right off to a comfortable point, suddenly we were back at the start and I saw G which always makes me smile.

At this point Joanna was running next to me which was a great feeling, we had a similar 10km PB (which she smashed on the day!) and I knew if I could keep her in my vision I’d hold  a good pace and finish on a respectable time. The wind got stronger and I knew that I had two options, drop back my pace and then push at the end or drop back and stop thinking about a PB.

My plan was working, I was running to a marker and I was then going to slow for a minute and then really push for the final mile….

I was close to my medal, I was going to talk to some more UK Run Chat folk, I was considering my reward meal options

Then I completely lost my footing and fell, I got myself up (feeling rather stupid) and felt the blood trickling down my knee and saw the rip in my tights. ‘Never mind’ I told myself and went to slowly potter to the finish. Then I felt a seriously sharp pain in my ankle and I realised I could risk really hurting myself or I could pull out.

I pulled out of the race. I staggered across the track and spent a few minutes resting on the water station whilst finding the strength to plod back across to the garages near the start. I was offered help but I felt stubborn, embarrassed and not really worthy of bothering anyone. A very kind runner went and found G for me (thank you lovely chap) and I sat in my car feeling desperately sorry for myself whilst G returned my chip and explained the situation.

During the afternoon I felt pretty sorry for myself, I spent the rest of the day with my foot elevated and used the time trying to relax. Then, at around 8.30pm I was hit with the most hideous spasms of pain in my ankle, I tried gritting my teeth, icing up and so on….

Finally G felt the right thing to do was carry me up to bed (I couldn’t weight bear at all) and I absolutely sobbed my heart out. If I’m honest, it was a mix of pain, self-pity, and frustration. It wasn’t about getting a medal or finishing, it was more about not being able to enjoy my everyday activity or potter around doing my jobs.

Hopefully my ankle will heal within a few weeks and I’ll find ways to stay active without putting any pressure on my ankle; I’ll weight train whilst sitting on the bench, I might even swim or unwind with some yoga!

I would like to thank all the wonderful UK Run Chat Twitter folk who tweeted with so many kind comments. Joanna for acting as a beautiful peach pacer (even though she had no idea!) and all the people who volunteered at the event.

Also, slightly slushy and off topic but I’d like to thank G as today is our 3 year anniversary! He has stood around in the cold waiting at many races, when we bought our dream home he agreed to let me convert the study to a gym. He tries not to complain when I thump on the treadmill at 6am or when I disappear on most Sunday mornings to run rather than sitting in bed with coffee and conversation. Plus the fact I have endearing habits such as filling the washing basket with gym kit and photographing most our evening meals..

Did you race this weekend? I have seen many PB’s and huge congrats to you all – Please feel free to brighten my day and share your successes!



9 responses to “Rockingham 10km – The One I Never Finished…”

  1. tessietickle says:

    Ohhhhh man, sending massive healing vibes to you right now! Rest up and yes, get swimming! Don’t dwell on not being able to run, focus on what you *can* do and look at it as a treat 😊 xxx

    • cakevsscales says:

      Thank you so much Tess – It’s rubbish to be injured but ace to try new workouts, I really enjoyed swimming and even though I was not all that strong I felt so good after 🙂 xxx

  2. Aw that sucks but you did the right thing in stopping. Hopefully it will heal soon- look forward to coffee and papers this weekend maybe instead?

    • cakevsscales says:

      Thank you – I did beat myself up on whether I did the right thing or not, however I do feel that I did! This morning I laid in bed until nearly 9am and just chilled – Go me! 😀

  3. Steph says:

    Oh no 🙁 I am so sorry to hear this! Frustrated tears are totally fine, and I hope your knee and ankle heal quickly! And of course, happy anniversary to you and G! Are you going to do anything nice to celebrate? x

    • cakevsscales says:

      Thank’s for your kind words Steph – My knee is currently purple (I like the colour purple, so that is just fine!) and my ankle is ‘so, so’ but on the mend! We ended up being low key and going for dinner somewhere I could hobble to the entrance (classy!) but dinner out always chirps me up 🙂 xx

  4. Mary says:

    Oh no Katie! Really sorry to hear this. 🙁 Hope you have already started to recover.
    Happy anniversary to you and G! Time for coffee and conversation this weekend perhaps? I hear it’s not going to be a great one for runners with all the snow and ice around anyway. x

    • cakevsscales says:

      Auw thank you Mary – I am on the mend but still have a slight pain from time to time..I really want to get out again this weekend – However I’m scared of slipping again! Argghghghg 🙂

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