The RAC 10km race is one of my favorite road races on the running calendar. It’s well organized, you can enter on the morning and the best part is the 8am start which means you still get to sleep in and enjoy your Sunday long run (bonus)!
Having taken a break since last year for his stress fracture in his femur, KK decided to run with me. We never run together. He’s too competitive and runs almost double the pace faster than what I can run. Which usually means we fight. And besides, I was worried about his leg. Would he manage 10kms?
But 2kms into the race, my worries turned to my own pain. My foot!
When I had X-rays taken in November last year for my sprained ankle, what surprised me most was finally seeing what had caused months of heel pain. The plantar fasciitis was in actual fact a heel spur!
I had not felt the stabbing hot poker to my heel since I started running again in January but boy did it rear it’s nasty head at this race.
I was disappointed. Was it ever going to go away? Most probably not.
Did it ruin my race? Definitely not!
Watching KK’s body language, the glee written all over his face at the fact that he was running: priceless! We stuck together for the entire distance.
And when he pushed me up that last 500m into the RAC field, I didn’t hate him. I would’ve run another 10kms if he asked me to.
Running through the Jo’burg streets engulfed in the most beautiful autumn colors. Just beautiful!
There are a few more winter races coming up soon and we’re both looking forward to them.
Will we run them together? Judging from his motivation to regain his running strength and fitness, most probably not. As I blog this post, KK keeps moaning about the DOMS from his training. There’s no such thing as baby steps in his life! Dude’s on a mission!