What’s the Best Way To Run a Race While Injured?

19 Dec

Friday night was a lot of fun.  T and I went and saw The Book Of Mormon with our friends Steve and Danielle.  We bought these tickets in August, so this has been a long time coming.  And it was a cute show!

Afterward, we went to Terroir in Murray Hill, where we shared some food plates and a lotta wine…

…Bringing me to 7:38 AM Saturday morning.  Race is at 8.  T awakens me.  I am lying on top of my bed, wearing my coat and my scarf… and my PF boot.  (T explains that I refused to take off my coat and scarf because I was cold, but he DID manage to get my boot on.  Awww, what a good boyfriend.)  Anyhow, did I prepare everything the night before for the race?  No, I did not.  Still drunk Slightly hung over Very tired, I am scrambling around grabbing pants, a top, my IPod, my race bib.  I manage to actually grind some coffee beans AND make a cup of coffee.  I brush my teeth, wash off yesterday’s makeup, dash out the door, and grab a cab to 102nd St. and 5th Avenue.

I knew this was an oversubscribed race, so I thought MAYBE there would still be people leaving the corrals when I arrived (more than 15 mins late, eeek)!  Nope.  It was pretty eerie, but the start mat was still down, (THANKFULLY!!!!!) so I crossed over it and began running the course all by my lonesome.  I saw a sparse amount of bibs, but I was basically by myself, which was… weird!

My foot definitely felt creaky, but it didn’t HURT, per se.  What was hurting was the hangover I was nursing.  With every step, I was thinking, “Ugh, so much wine… not enough food… get this thing over with.”  In the frenzy of the morning, I hadn’t put on my Garmin, but it wasn’t a big deal since my pace was the last thing on my mind.

My hungover misery went on for about the first 4 miles, but then I suddenly found myself caught up with the other racers and I kind of shook myself and thought, “OMG I AM RUNNINGGGG!  THIS IS WHAT I HAVE WANTED TO DO FOR SO LONNNNGGGGG!”  The rest of the race was actually quite pleasant!  I was super sad that my foot definitely did not feel better at all, but I was still absolutely thrilled to be running!

After the race, I ran into my friend David and some of his other Fred’s Teammates.  I grabbed some food with them and then went back to my place and napped for hours.

The rest of the weekend was fun and chill.  I got a lot of Christmas shopping done, which makes me VERY happy.  T and I got dinner with friends and got drinks with other friends.  I baked!  (Small miracle)

My favorite Christmas cookies of all time. You know I love something when I actually bake it! They are chocolate-almond and just divine. But they are not pretty-- at least when I make them. They are when my mom does.

And  I met up with Lori and we exchanged goodies and had tea at this really cute spot in Midtown East called David’s Tea.  The original plan was to meet up at Starbucks, but that appeared to be the plan of everyone and their brother yesterday.  When I discovered this cute little spot right next door to the Starbucks where we had planned to meet, I was delighted and relieved.  (Just being inside of the ‘bucks was giving me heart palpitations!)  I am not much of a tea drinker, but Lori and I both got a pumpkin chai iced tea with a dash of skim milk and it was pretty good!

So, that was the weekend.  I am happy that I ran a decent race, despite a mean hangover and a bum foot.  I am happy that I have now fulfilled my qualifications for running the NYCM next year.  I am happy to have gotten a lot of Christmas shopping done.  I am not happy that my stupid foot still hurts.  Suck it, plantar fasciitis!  Suck it, heel spur!  Rawr.

Oh, and the answer to the question posed in the title of this blog post?  Run the race hungover, of course!  That way, you can focus on that misery, rather than the actual injury.  I kid, I kid. 😉

10 Responses to “What’s the Best Way To Run a Race While Injured?”

  1. Lori December 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    The chocolate almond balls, the pumpkin iced chai and time with you were wonderful!! Love your story about the 15K, but impressed that your time (while hungover and injured) was still awesome! You rock!! Merry Christmas, Baber.

    • Katie December 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

      Merry Christmas! Thanks for contributing to my cookie and sweets overindulgence this week! 😉 Great seeing you! xoxo

  2. runningseal December 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Those chocolate almond cookies look so good! Yay for finishing your 9+1. Boo your foot still hurts!! And jealous that you have your Christmas shopping done!!!

    • Katie December 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

      Celia, I am hopeful that we shall finally run together in 2012! FINGERS CROSSED.

  3. Ali on the Run December 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Hahahaha you are my hero! Congratulations on making it through the race without barfing, which is absolutely what I would have done. Impressive, Katie B. Very impressive.

    • Katie December 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

      You know, you’re right. I *did* complete the race without barfing. Do they make medals for that?? Thanks for the kudos! 🙂

  4. Cheryl Allison James December 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    Impressive and hilarious. I ran the 15K last year totally hungover as well. Amanda ran it still drunk from the night before haha. Lucky for me, I got my 9 races in as of the 5 miler at the beginning of the month!

    • Katie December 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

      I think it’s to be expected for a race in the thick of the holiday season. 🙂

  5. Josie December 20, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    Wow that’s crazy!!! Good for you! Congrats on qualifying by NYC marathon.

    • Katie December 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks! 🙂

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