Sunday Hates Me

Yesterday, I walked downtown to get my race packet for this Sunday’s 5K, went to the address on the brochure, walked in, and the woman there asked, “What are you here for?”
“A race packet.”
“Oh no, we don’t have anything like that here”
“Um, the brochure says this is where we get our packets”
“The race director said he won’t give them out until Sunday before the race.”
“Sooo….why does it say come here from June 7-11 between 10am to 4pm to pick up a packet?”
“I don’t know but we don’t have anything.”

Nice.  So much for getting there, warming up and racing.  Now I’ll have to stand in line with hundreds of other people beforehand.

It wasn’t a total waste – leaving my building, I had checked the mailbox and found a $25 gift certificate from my running store for having cumulatively spent $300 on merchandise. The running store was just a block away from the stupid packet non-pickup, so I got a great pair of shorts and only had to shell out $8.

As for the race, the forecast is grim.  Sunday’s high is set to be 90 which means it’ll be around 80 by 9am.   The one potential saving grace is a threat of thunderstorms, so at least it won’t be sunny.  And if I’m lucky, I’ll be electrocuted during warmup.

Seriously, I am not looking forward to this at all but I’m doing it because I need to harden up.   What to shoot for pacewise?  Who the fuck knows?

Ankle Update – Putting On The Heat
I took about 3 days off: Mon, Tuesday’s runette (only 2.5 miles) and Wednesday because the ankle was “there” when I awoke.  It felt fine yesterday morning, so I went 7 and I’m about to go for 7 today too, then 4 or 5 tomorrow.  Keeping it conservative till next week.

One interesting change (to me, anyway) is I’m switching up therapies: I’m still icing after a run but since it’s well past the acute stage, they say regular icing doesn’t do much for you any more, that heat is better, so now I’m applying heat before my run, a few times in the day and before bed.   It makes sense to use heat since I’m basically warming it up in those first creaky morning steps but it’s odd, after hearing RICE a zillion times.  Nobody ever says RHCE.  Maybe because it needs another vowel.

Also, I had cut down on supplements recently but now I’m back to 2 Glucosamine and 2 MSM to see if that helps.  I’d rather up those than take ibuprofen.  I’m not sure why exactly, ibuprofen works wonderfully and when I take it (sparingly), it seems to carry over 2 days, but there’s an onus about it,  so I’ll try the more natural approach.

And with that, I’ll end the whining here. Wish me luck folks, not for a fast race, because I won’t be able to do that, but for a race where my ego does not feel bruised, where I enjoy it for the fun of a runnerly gathering, not to mention the speed session I’ll get out of it.  Assuming someone manages to bring the bibs.

16 thoughts on “Sunday Hates Me

  1. Jeremy D

    It doesn’t sound as if the RD is a runner her/himself. I hate it when stuff like that happens, and you have every right to be annoyed.

    Just run by feel…see what happens. Maybe you’re ankle will decide NOT to show up!

  2. dogpound

    totally run by feel, think of this as a throw away race and leave the attachment to it at home. Ain’t no one racing well when it’s 90 out.

  3. RJR

    Good luck on Sunday. I think the heat’s a lot easier to deal with in a 5K than it is in longer races, so that’s a bit of good news at least. Bummer on the packet pickup though, that’s annoying.

  4. Tobes

    I hope you spoke to her about ending her sentence with a preposition. If she didn’t have the packets, at least she can speak proper english :-)

  5. Jim E

    Stupid about the instructions, but race-day pickup is usual for small races. It is a small race, right? It’s good to hear that the ankle is coming along. Good Luck!

  6. Kristin

    Um, not that you had any shortage, but I just tell myself that terrible racing weather builds character. And you have nothing to lose because if you blow up you can totally blame it on the heat and everyone will understand, and if you don’t, you can be like, “oh yeah I had this totally awesome race even though the earth was melting,” so in that sense, the crappier the conditions, the better. I know, I’m really good at rationalizing. ;)

  7. Ewen

    Don’t shoot for anything pace-wise. As the weather will be bad, it’s a great opportunity to race by feel. Start the Garmin but don’t look at it. Race as fast as possible — race other people from 3k on and just see what you end up with for a time.

  8. Steph

    OMG!! I did this last year for this race lol. They acted like they had no idea what I was talking about haha

  9. Katherine

    Good luck this AM! packet pickup is the worst- it’s something I look into before deciding if I should or should not to a race. You’re good to take such good care of yourself by all the heat and ice regimen; it shows your self discipline! (all runners have it somewhere)

  10. Steph

    I happened to be riding by when your name was called for winning 2nd in your AG. Good job. Hope your time was good:)

    1. Flo Post author

      WHAT????? NO!! I was winning the race outright and at .25 miles collapsed from heat stroke. Stayed overnight at the hospital. That better not go on Athlinks or I’ll be pissed!!!!

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