Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bucket List: My First 10K Accomplished



A Triumph and a Disappointment


My First 10K

(updated December 2023) I did it (said with mixed emotions). I accomplished my goal of running my very first 10K race. Not only did I finish the race, but I managed to shave 3 minutes off my previous time. It was a moment of triumph, but it came with a bitter aftertaste. My body had its own plans for the day.

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A Battle with My Body: The Pre-Race Struggle

A few days before the race, I experienced what I thought was a simple leg cramp. Little did I know that it would evolve into something much more challenging. I spent the day before the race diligently tending to my leg, with a heating pad and stretching, hoping it was just a minor issue.


A Nervous Morning

The morning of the race I was filled with anxiety. I couldn't shake the fear that my leg would betray me once again, and unfortunately, it did just that. For the first 3 miles, my feet and toes remained numb, possibly due to the chilly weather. However, the ordeal was far from over; throughout the race, my right leg, hip, and glutes were in excruciating pain.










Perseverance Amidst Pain

I wasn't going to let my body hold me back from achieving my goal. After all, I often tell my kids to persevere and push through life's challenges, so I followed my own advice. The pain was there, but so was my determination.


The Lingering Pain

My leg continued to ache even after the race. An internet diagnosis suggests sciatic nerve pain, but the root cause remains uncertain. My best guess is that I pushed my aging body beyond its limits with exercises it couldn't handle. Note: I was correct in the diagnosis. Stretching the right way took the pain away.


Questioning My Workout Routine

My regular regimen included weightlifting at the gym and three days of running each week. In addition to that, I incorporated at-home workouts I found online. I suspect that these home exercises might have done more harm than good to my body. After nerve testing and a MRI I found out two things going on. I had pinched my sciatica nerve as well as I have two bulging discs in my neck. After learning how to properly stretch my muscles the pain has gone away. 




The Realization of Aging

Getting older is a reality that none of us can escape. The lesson I've learned is that my body is not the same as it was 20 years ago, and I need to adapt accordingly.



My 10K Checklist

Be able to run 6.2 miles My running partner and I did this a week before the race. 

Strength training  I lifted weights at the gym and at home three days a week for over six months. My muscles got stronger and increased a little bit every week. 

Proper running shoes I made sure I used shoes that were broken in.

Headgear  I wore a headband from Under Armor. A  dry-fit that kept my head dry and warm. It was in the low 30s on the day of the race.

Gloves  l wore two pairs. A pair of Nike dry-fit running gloves. The second pair allowed me to use my iPhone while I run so I could monitor my pace. 

iPhone with Map My Run App This allowed me to monitor my pace. 

Layers of clothes November gets quite chilly here but once you get running your body temperature ramps up.

Hydrate It's good to start days before the race to make sure your body is all ready to go.


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