last minute thoughts
I’m running my first 10k race this Sunday at Katsunuma Winery in Yamanashi Prefecture. It’s part of the Koshu Fruits Marathon, which also includes two longer distances.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I signed up for this race impulsively when I found it on the Japanese racing website Runnet in early September, and I have been training to increase my endurance from running 5k to 10k for the past 5.5 weeks since then.
Since the race is this Sunday, I’ve been trying to take it easy these last few days. I went for a 7.5k run on Tuesday, charity yoga last night, and planned for Thursday to be my last run before the race. My plan seemed pretty good: wake up and do an easy 5k before work, then go for a massage after work.
What really happened was that I didn’t get enough sleep Wednesday night, overslept, and only made it just in time for work. I decided to still try for a walk-in massage after work, but my favorite Chinese massage place was CLOSED!
I ended up just going home and getting in my 5k before dinner.
If you read my previous post about a Tuesday’s run, you’ll remember that it left me pretty apprehensive about the upcoming race. Mainly in relation to the condition of my left foot, which has been acting up by tingling and going numb after 3 or 4k in recent weeks.
I have had this issue occasionally for a while, but over the last 2-3 weeks it has gone from happening only when I push too hard to happening on every run. It’s been very frustrating, but I’ve figured it was related to my increased weekly mileage and the demands I’ve been putting on my body while increasing the distance of my runs. It worried me, but wasn’t bad enough to stop me from training; though I have been resolved to seeing a specialist about it after Katsunuma.
Well, I may have figured it out a little more… maybe.
When it first started happening my instinct was that one factor might be that I wasn’t getting quite enough circulation due to over-pronation or weird alignment, among other things. Since my left foot is slightly larger, I thought loosening my laces around mid-foot might help. So I did, and when it didn’t work, I stopped lacing through the top laces and loosened a little more.
It didn’t help, and my occasional foot problem started happening on all my runs.
Last night before my run I decided to redo my laces. I prefer very snug fitting shoes, and figured that if my foot was going to act up either way, I might as well go back to my old lacing method.
My 5k went smashingly. I did not have any problems with my foot, and despite setting an easy pace and holding back, I finished 4.95k in under 30 minutes. Factoring in my two water stops and traffic, that puts me above my Run for the Cure 5k PR of 29:19.
Now I don’t actually know if my foot problems have been exacerbated by loose laces over the last few weeks, or if tightening them back up will help at all during my 10k on Sunday, but I felt a LOT better after the run. Most of my recent training runs have been a struggle, and I really needed that one good one before heading out to Katsunuma.
Dinner was quick and simple after the run.
I threw together a quick stir-fry with a giant zucchini, the rest of the satoimo from the farm, shredded chicken left over from last Saturday’s chili, and soy sauce & ginger, and it under fried eggs with cottage cheese.
Here I am post run, pre-shower enjoying my dinner. Attractive, no?
I’m thinking of trying out RunKeeper Live for my race, if the GPS is strong enough in Yamanashi. So, if you’re interested in following my progress as I run, check back here or on twitter on Sunday morning around 10 am for a link (I think that’s 6pm PST or 9pm EST Saturday evening). No guarantees it will work, though.
Are you actually interested in watching a little dot track my progress as I run?