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And BOOM, I finished the Hot Chocolate 15k this past weekend and oh my god, I was in a bit of pain. Let's start from the beginning, shall we?
On Saturday, I did a short 3 mile shake out run in the morning. My heel was still hurting so I picked up OS1st foot brace compression sleeve. It was recommended to me by the running coach so I decided to give it a shot. I then picked up my bib at the expo, got my sweet new jacket that came with registration, and talked to my favorite vendor peeps (Aftershokz, Honeystinger). I then ran a few errands and foam rolled, massaged, and stretched my legs for the rest of the day.
Sunday morning, I woke up early, put on my foot brace compression sleeve, took 2 Advils to alleviate any potential inflammation, and out the door I went. I felt okay at the start of the race, but that quickly changed about 1 mile in the race. For those of you who don't know, the Hot Chocolate 15k in San Diego is a challenging course. It makes you earn that chocolate and honestly, it's not terrible if you trained for it...or aren't injured.
The start of the race begins on a hill and for almost the entire race, it's rolling hills. And much like the hills, my emotions were also up and down. Due to my heel issues, my legs tried compensating in other ways, resulting in overuse of other muscles. This caused way more pain than I'd like so throughout the entire race, I seriously doubted if I could finish. In retrospect, I pushed myself harder than I should have. Every time I walked, I saw my 17+ min/mile pace and panicked that I wouldn't have been able to finish. I ended up finishing around a 10:30 min/mile pace so really, I had nothing to worry about.
I saw friends along the course and on two separate occasions, I burst into tears because I was so happy to see people come out and support me. I was mentally and physically in pain and seeing familiar faces made the race more bearable.
The race is a great one. The energy is high and the course is challenging enough that you'll really feel like you've earned that chocolate. :) I love the jacket this year and honestly, who wouldn't love chocolate at the end of the race.