I got to the start line intact on Saturday allright.
For the first time since perhaps the same 10 km race last year, I was feeling to be back on form, feeling confident after my Striders 10 km the week before, and ready to give 39 minutes a shake, and coming good at just the right time just 4 weeks out from the Gold Coast.
3:44 / 3:46 / 3:51 / 3:50 and i was just settling in to what I thought to be a sustainable pace, and a sudden pang in top of the left hamstring, followed 10 metres later with another, and no choice but to pull to the side. It seemed to come from no-where. I was unaware of any mis-step. I was a bit stunned.
One deep tissue massage to relieve 'explosive' spasming of the muscles in the left leg ... Alan convinced I must have run into a pothole....no recollection of doing anything like it. Followed by a couple of ice baths, my third physio appointment tomorrow and no running all week, so now wondering about the Gold Coast Marathon.
Have ruled out concerns it may have been High Hamstring Tendoniitis or Piriformis Syndrome, which is good, but zeroed in on likely weakness in the diagonal core support to the top of left leg, and compensating for that through habit over the past 6 to 9 months.
I doing everything I am told, its all making sense, but I am feeling extremely frustrated!!
We will see what tomorrow brings and then re-evaluate my readiness for Gold Coast.
With marathons and long distance, you really do need to be in it for The Long Run!
The consolation prize was to have my two daughters, Ciara and Leila, run the 5 Km (on no training) as part of the Striders U16 and U 20 teams for the first time. They both ran PB's, and although they brought up the rear, as a result the two teams won Silver and Bronze! Not bad for a first run!