At the end of the day the half marathon was a great success, I had one minor mishap which I will speak about a little later. My diabetes game plan was perfect last night as I went to bed with a blood sugar of 116 and woke up with a blood sugar of 152. It was only 430am but I was feeling like today was going to be a special day when it came to running. Once I arrived to the start I made sure to grab my usual, half of plain bagel and a regular coffee with nothing in it. I have slowly learned that caffeine is very important when it comes to racing. Before stretching I tested and was a little disappointed to see a blood sugar 268, I decided taking .4 units of insulin and going with a 54% temp basal would be the best bet for the race.
After being a little surprised that I was placed in corral C, I still don't think that I'm that good of a runner. (Corrals went from A-G) I quickly got in to my zone and blocked out everything around me, you could call it my Oscar the grouch transition. Once the gun sounded I was off and feeling very strong, I had the confidence to run well and my blood sugar was right where it needed to be. I was finally able to pace myself. My plan was to go at a 830-9 minute pace until mile 9 and then pick it up. Early on mile after mile I started to feel better and better. The only problem would be a very odd and painful sharp pain on the outside of my right knee. I have had IT band problems in the past but for the last few weeks I have been foam rolling and stretching my IT like its my job. The pain comes when I touch the area around the femur and articular cartilage area of my knee. For the first nine miles I was able to suck it up and keep moving, a sharp pain every mile would slow me down for a bit but nothing that was drawn out. At mile 9 I felt like a little kid on Halloween, as kids we all want to find the house that gives out the full size candy bars. Yea the fun size are nice but the full candy bars were like finding gold. When it comes to running the water tables at each mile are the fun size drinks, personally I want to find a full bottle of water. Just after mile 9 I spotted three young children handing out full size water bottles, I was ecstatic and headed right over to them and said "you guys rule" as I grabbed one. I quickly cracked it open and began sipping it, I would do this for the entire mile so that I would be well hydrated for my 5k "kick to finish.
When I got to mile ten my time was at 1:28, I was hoping to be around 1:25 but I was feeling so strong that I figured if I pushed like I was running a 5k I would finish in a time very close to 1:50, just a few minutes above my PR. After I was past the water table I was like a wide receiver coming out of his stance, I was starting my kick. As soon as a started to kick it to the next level I came up short with a very sharp pain in my knee and after a few hobbles down I went. I quickly started to rub my leg thinking it was the IT band but as I rubbed the IT I felt nothing. I worked down and touched the outer bone of the knee and instantly I felt a sharp pain. I got up quickly and started to hobble, I would grit it out but the further I went the worse I felt. You can tell by the splits below that it was very painful down the stretch.
I'm not going to lie I was very angry when I finished the half marathon, I grabbed my medal and quickly put it in the food bag that they gave us at the finish. For six years I have been injury free, but once I cooled down I realized that I'm not getting paid to run. I run and cycle to live, doing both gives me amazing blood sugars and makes me feel better as a person. I was quickly brought back to the real world after a chat on the phone with Leanne. If I was to never ride a bike or run again I would be upset but I would live, I have a lot more in my life that I live for. Today I learned a lesson, who knows what is up with my knee but I will be out on the bike and running again as soon as I get it looked at. I'm just happy to have amazing people in my life that mean the world to me. Life isn't about a PR.
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