Quite a day...spent hours yesterday and last night icing my sprained ankle. Was 20% (going to run) at dinner, 30% by evening, and 50/50 this morning. Swelling and pain's was still there, but with ice and a couple doses of motrin, decided to give it a shot.
Warmed up with light trainers (tangent 3's) and realized that this would not last long at all. Changed shoes to saucony ride's and before I could test them it was final call to the last shuttle. Said a prayer and decided I'd run the first mile no matter what at desired race pace and adjust from there.
Pretty good crowd showed up (200-300) and I worked my way to the front to take away any unneccessary work such as dodging runners (they can dodge me today :)). The gun sounded and I was off, feeling absolutely horrible...
Miles 1-4: 26:25 (6:36 pace is a bit deceiving because it was all a gradual downhill...foot was cold, stiff and I had to favor my left leg)
Miles 4-8: 54:20 (Pain began to numb and path straightened out considerably...most of this section was on dirt and gravel which slowed us down a bit...I found a tiny bit of a groove and was less affected by any pain)
Miles 9-13.8: 1:33:22 (9-13 were all uphill and slower than 7min pace...however the last section was a sharp downhill which I was able to dip to sub-6min pace...I think a few of the markers were off in the middle section which made this last part seem faster...either miles 4-8 were shorter than marked or this was more of a 13.5 type course I would guess- they advertised it as 13.8)
I'm satisfied with the run. It was a challenging course and I stayed strong, despite the ankle, throughout. Hopefully this will be a good building block for my next marathon Thanksgiving weekend.