I had never run a 5k race before so I really had no idea what to expect. The first thing I noticed was that it is so different from half-marathon running! People were like, running fast. A real no brainer that I hadn't considered.
Since about an hour is clearly enough time to prepare for a race I was bound to do well. Some people train weeks or months for 5k races; I defy all of them by going an hour later. I wasn't fully hydrated, I barely stretched and didn't take any Ibuprofin before the run... just setting myself up for disaster.
Despite my lack of preparation I was still excited to run. Racing is always fun no matter how big or small the race is but racing with aching shins is not fun under any circumstance. I felt them ache from the moment the race started. I was able to push through the pain during mile 1 but it just went down hill from there.
After 1.4 miles I started talking walk breaks. My shins felt like they were about to give out. It was horrible. I'd take a walk break then start up again clenching through the pain and hoping they would go numb but they just got worse and worse.
I ended up finishing in 28:29 which isn't stellar (for me) but I'll take it. My splits were:
Mile 1: 8:20
Mile 2: 9:02 <---I was actually starting this mile out around a 7:45 pace but then ended up walking a portion of it. Bummer.
Mile 3: 10:10 <---Lots of walk-run-almost-falling-over-in-pain-intervals
Still not meeting my goal of negative splits but I refuse to give up on that.
What frustrates me the most is that my shins are so moody! I thought I was the moody one around here but apparently my shins took the crown. One day they're fine and the next they're filled with stabbing pains. So frustrating.
Someday I will run pain free again and reach every goal I have. I'm off to foam roll, ice and massage these shin splints away before my next race on 4th of July (a 10k).
I'm still chasing my dreams.