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For the first time in a very long time ..... I don't know.

Andrea ran: 10 weeks of no runnin...

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  • 3 miles
  • 00:34 time
  • 10:27 pace
  • 623 calories
  • 6459 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
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great Chicago Hot Chocolate 5k 3.25 mi 00:34 10:27 pace

10 weeks of no running and today I raced a 5k. Yes, I'm brilliant. No need to tell me so. This I know for sure.

Honestly, even this morning I really didn't think I would run this. After two weeks of my shin stress fracture being quiet, this last week it started hurting again. A lot. It freaked me out. I have my ortho appointment on Monday to see "where we are". Doc told me to go for a light run the day before the appointment. So, I like to follow doctor's orders, so I ran a 5k.

On the way into the city I exchanged texts with Becky H. as she stood in her corral at the Rock N Roll Savannah Half Marathon. It was exciting to know that she was about to embark on such a momentous event in her life. I was freaking out for her!

It was a cold 39F and windy morning in Chicago. Perfect. My kind of running weather. Shorts and light jacket and I was raring to go. Even walking to the race I wasn't sure I was going to start. But, oddly enough as I got entangled in the thousands, and thousands, and thousands of runners heading to the start my shin somehow didn't hurt so much.

Music pumping, bitter cold, runners at the ready...... it's like crack I tell ya. I love me some crack.

I headed to gear check with my friend, Julie T and her son. I guess once I checked my bag I assumed I was running this thing. On the way to the start Julie had to make her 13th (jk) stop at the john. I was waiting... well, for a minute anyway. But, I ditched her to get my race on. I would see them at the finish. Besides, as you all know... I RUN ALONE.

I exchanged friendly texts up until I crossed the start line. I have to say I have never had these types of conversations at any start of any race. But, crossing the start giggling with a smile on my face is the only way to go!

Shin hurt right out of the gate. But, I took it slow. I was in no hurry. I was not racing. I was just running. However, the more I ran, the better I felt. Kind of. My UBHA (Under Bitch Hammie Ass - Piriformis Syndrome for you newbies) started acted up out of the blue.

After one mile I actually started feeling good. Shin still hurt. UBHA still hurt. But. I. Was. Running. Crack. I was being fed crack. And, it tasted SOOOO yummy. I know I promised y'all I would go slow. But, crack makes you do weird things. **ti no trid emos bur ** I picked up my pace. Started to run a little faster. And, a little faster. I was passing people. It felt good. It felt right. It felt like something I've been missing for way too long.

Once again this race had way too many walkers. This year they even had a separate course for the walkers. Yet, WAY too many people still thought it was a great idea to walk in the middle four abreast, or pretty much anywhere along the course. So frustrating. I had to do a lot of weaving. A lot. This did not help the shin any that's for sure.

I couldn't believe it when we came to Heart Attack Hill. Most Chicago races finish with this hill off of Michigan Avenue, coming into the finish. It's not a big hill by any standards. But, at the finish, it's the last thing you want. Ever. But, I knew I was going to do this thing. The hill actually made me smile. I even kicked it up a notch. Just because.

Sprinted (sorry, I had to) into the finish. Of course nowhere near my PR. 7 minutes or so off actually I think. Almost cried. Almost. Partly because it felt so good to run again. Partly because I know I'm still injured and won't be running again for awhile. But, for today anyway I was happy. For one day. I'll take what I can get.

I was barely across the finish when I started texting Becky to find out her status. She texted back, "In the works. 10 miles." Wow, I was SOOOO psyched she only had a 5k left. The Una Runner and I kept tabs on her. He said it was killing him waiting for her to finish. He said now he knows what we felt like last weekend. Uh, um, uh...... oh, pumpkin, except that we were waiting 33+ HOURS for YOU to finish! Yeah, same thing. Totally......

I'm glad I ran this race. I probably shouldn't have physically. But, mentally I needed this SOOO badly. Sometimes that far exceeds the physical part. But, this day was NOT about me. At all. It was about Becky. I cannot even tell you how proud I am of her! There are not enough words.

#EpicShitDone #IRC

>>>>> A semi got stuck under a bridge on the course shortly before the start. They had to readjust the course. Distance was longer. Awaiting correct distance. **** 3.25 is the corrected distance.

* Must have hit the restart after the finish - thus the whacky map finish.

  • Mike W.
    Mike W.

    I'm so happy for you Andrea. While we are all rooting for Becky and her half, this day WAS about you also. Reading your recap, I felt like I could see you there, nervous and excited and RUNNING! Pain, pain go away, come again another...wait....NEVER! So glad you did this today!

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Helene W.
    Helene W.

    Injuries are never a great time for us runners, but I am glad that you managed to race well. Congrats!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Plesia

    SO happy for you!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Ashleigh B.
    Ashleigh B.

    yay I'm so happy for you! This was your moment today, and even if there's still some time before you run again, you had today. Well done!!!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Jeff H.
    Jeff H.

    Welcome back bro!

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Andrea

    It's beotch, Jeff. Or Janet. Miss Jackson if you're nasty.

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Dionna

    nice job!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Account Deleted

    Glad you didn't die from the stress fracture. That would have made for a crumbly epitaph.

    over 6 years ago Like2 people

  • Tabstar

    Ok, I won't say it then... but that is freaking sweet. Sorry about the shin.... PPppppptttthhhhht.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • John P.
    John P.

    Great going Andrea!!!! Yay for getting back out there!!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Jenny W.
    Jenny W.

    Congrats on a great race! Wheee!

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Andrea

    JENNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What up?!?!?!

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Meggan R.
    Meggan R.

    Congrats! Had to be great to be back on crack! Heard it was pretty crowded.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Nicholas G.
    Nicholas G.

    Hilarious. I hope you heal well and keep you sanity.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Bill H.

    Nice, Andrea!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Diane V.
    Diane V.

    Awesome, Andrea! I'm glad you ran it today - certainly sounds like it was what you needed (but heal now!)

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Jeremy H.
    Jeremy H.

    I'm glad you got your crack today. Running after not being able to for a while is rough but to do a race is amazing. I hope you can get this injury crap figured out so you can get your fix more often. Until then, take care of yourself and keep us informed. You may run alone physically, but not in spirit.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Allie

    Nice run! Glad you were able to feed your crack addiction. You should have just started hip checking the walkers. I have zero patience for these people. May not have helped with the shins and UBHA, but damnit, it would have been satisfying!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Becky D.
    Becky D.

    Way to get out there and make it happen!!!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Jenny B.
    Jenny B.

    Nice recap! Nice run! Loved the I RUN ALONE! ;). U are amazing and I'll be thinking about ya as u finish this injury crap!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Greg G.
    Greg G.

    There's probably not ever been a post I can relate to more than this one Andrea. Sometimes you just have to get it out of your system, even if know that really you shouldn't. Congrats and also "don't do that again" ;)

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer M.

    Glad you got your fix! Loved the play by play!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Andrea

    @Greg I won't do it if you won't do it. Yeah, riiiight. We'll jump off the bridge together!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Ryan G.
    Ryan G.

    You got it done. Sweet.

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Maya L.
    Maya L.

    So happy for your comeback, great job Andrea!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Mia

    You are faster with a stress fracture than I am with no injuries! I'm so glad you ran! I'm so glad you are #doingepicshit

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Karen K.
    Karen K. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    So happy that you were so happy. I know what you mean about running being like crack. *HUGSx1000*

    over 6 years ago

  • Brian A.
    Brian A.

    Congrats, my friend. Well done.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Melissa A S.
    Melissa A S. Congrats

    Congratulations on your 5K!

    over 6 years ago

  • Jeff H.
    Jeff H. Congrats

    congrats too.

    over 6 years ago

  • Muriel
    Muriel Congrats

    wow, i'm so far behind on dm happenings! congratulations Andrea. Stellar performance with a stress fracture. hope you recover quickly!!!

    over 6 years ago