"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire.”
Before I begin, let me say that we all took the time to think of the significance of running a race on 9/11...our thoughts were with the many victims and their families, as well as with all our friends from the U.S.
Congratulations to my little sister, Iz, on a great first race. She was definitely on fire! This was a family event, well attended by many members of the "Lacets Rouges". That's the Red Shoelaces for those who don't understand French.
Here we are before the start, check out our shoelaces :)
Everything was perfect. The weather was beautiful, the organisation excellent, the company couldn't have been better, and Iz was in great form. Plus, her kids were there to greet her at the finish line.
During our pre-race family dinner last night...
...Uber H asked Iz what she hoped her time would be for her first 5K. "What would make you really happy, what would be okay, and what would you be disappointed in?" were his exact words. Iz considered this seriously and then responded with, "35 min I'd be thrilled; 37 min I'd be happy; 40 min I'd be disappointed, because I ran it in 39 min in training."
She did it!!! 34m31s...with negative splits to boot!
Everyone did great, my niece ran her 5K in 24m24s, she's a natural! My Super SIL and my brother both got amazing PRs on the 10K. Following a post-race massage, we then all went and enjoyed the spaghetti lunch that was included with this awesome race.
We've got our red "Lacets Rouges" t-shirts on and we're ready for lunch!
My foot: Although I actually felt mild irritation in my foot throughout the 5K, I don't feel that running made it any worse. I iced when I got home and will be taking an anti-inflammatory this week and maybe even into next week to make sure that everything continues to heal well. I biked instead of ran this week and got some acupuncture treatments from Iz.
It definitely feels better.
At this point, I don't plan on turning back. After looking back on my training schedule, up until last week's 32K, I had only missed one run. Plus, I rocked that 32K! I am ready for this marathon and I will be on the starting line in two weeks. I do hope that the foot continues to improve at the rate that it has been improving. There is only very mild and totally bearable pain left, but I know that ideally, I would be completely pain-free at the start of the marathon. It only makes sense...but, after reading blogs for the last two years, I know that that is not always the case...at all. So, the plan remains! :)