Crawlin Crab Half Race Recap

Much has happened since the last time I posted.  Marathon training has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. (seriously, does anyone ever have a flawless marathon training cycle? If so, are you a wizard?) A few weeks ago I ran a seemingly harmless 5K. It was a fun race with a beautiful course. Sadly for me two miles of the course were on a rocky trail and had sharp turns. I wore the wrong footwear and paid for it, waking up the next day with an inflamed posterior tibialis. Being the person that I am, I was convinced I had another fracture and handled it calmly and patiently (just kidding, there was much internal screaming going on). 

Luckily I was able to get an appointment that next Monday at Direct Performance here in Virginia Beach. Steven and Jake were wonderful and worked on the muscle with metal tools for a bit, then like a very unhealthy individual, I begged them to give me needles, as in; dry needling.  This was my first experience with this type of therapy and I wasn’t expecting much but as soon as the first needle was inserted I could feel it working. It’s hard to describe, painful but a really good pain. Like the muscle was contracting and then relaxing without any help from me.  Later that afternoon the entire area was sore to the touch but 36 hours later, I felt great, not perfect, but much better. Sorry if you are squeamish but I thought the picture below would give friends a good idea of the process.

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At this point the Crawling Crab Half Marathon had been postponed because of Hurricane Joaquin. Thanks to all the hardwork by the J&A Racing staff and the many wonderful volunteers and vendors, it was rescheduled for the following weekend after this injury popped up and I was heart broken even thinking I might miss it. It’s a favorite race of mine and I really did not want to go into the Philadelphia Marathon without a half marathon under my belt for this cycle…so we decided to go for it.  The taper was untraditional but with all that had gone on, mentally I was ready. The thought of not running scared me so much that I no longer was afraid or concerned about if I could run fast or win. I just wanted to run! You never know how much you want something until you almost lose it.

Race morning I warmed up with some old friends and new ones. I wore trainers instead of racing flats (which I have never done in a race before) and while I could feel some soreness in my lower calf, there was no real pain. A friend, Michael Leech, and I discussed trying to run close or just under 1:20. The temperature was perfect but there was some wind so we wanted to start the first mile conservative then ease into it. The first mile felt great at 6:16 and then immediately Michael and the other two male runners I was with dropped the pace to 5:58. We’ve been working on making 6:00 pace feel comfortable for me so while my mind was a little panicked thinking we may be a bit too ambitious, I reminded myself to settle in and work it.  Once I relaxed, it felt amazing. I felt like our feet barely touched the ground and our little pack stayed together until mile 5. Michael went ahead and the another man (who I do not know) fell behind, so I was on my own for almost the entire rest of the race. I NEVER allow myself to think about running 13.1 miles or 26.2 on marathon day.  I always break up the course and focus on getting to the next goal point. After we got to mile 5, I focused on getting to mile 10. At 10, I knew I was feeling good enough to have a strong day. I hit 10 at 1:01 and change, thinking I still had a good shot at sub 1:20. The headwind had started hitting about a half a mile (or mile?) before but I still felt strong. You can tell from my splits though that I started to fade. I caught back up to Michael the last mile and and we went back and forth a bit before he beat me to the finish line. I was SO thankful for his steady pacing early in the race.

  1. 6:16
  2. 5:58
  3. 6:00
  4. 6:01
  5. 6:01
  6. 5:59
  7. 6:06
  8. 6:12
  9. 6:17
  10. 6:20
  11. 6:23
  12. 6:21
  13. 6:10

So even though I didn’t hit sub 1:20 like I was hoping for, I set a course PR of 1:21:06 and came in first female and fifth overall. I ran a high 1:21 in 2013 before I ran the Philadelphia Marathon so finishing faster was a huge confidence booster for me. I’m definitely not out of the woods with the posterior tibilalis pain but at least I know my fitness is in a good place. The muscle did not hurt at all during the race or the following day, so that was another big mental booster. I’m SO glad I decided to run Crawlin Crab and I’m so thankful for Direct Performance for putting me back together again so quickly. Here are some pics from race day-

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Michael and I headed to the finish line!

 

 

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My hair tie fell out during the race and fixing it while running resulted in this crazy look 🙂 Congrats to Megan for a big PR!! Can’t wait to race Philly with you!

Megan and I with Race Directors Jerry & Amy Frostick. So thankful for Coach Jerrys help!

Megan and I with Race Directors Jerry & Amy Frostick. So thankful for Coach Jerrys help!

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Look how many people PRed Crawling Crab!!! How fun is this to have at the post race party? Congrats all!!

More post race fun! Oh Snap, we did it!

                                     More post race fun! Oh Snap, we did it!

Thank you all for reading if you’ve made it this far.  If you are interested in reading an awesome recap (way better than mine!), my friend Kevin had a huge PR at the Twin Cities Marathon and wrote about his experience while running with the female elite leaders for a good portion of the race. I loved this recap so thought you all might like it too.  Here it is- Kevin Granato TCM Race Report.

Wishing all my friends racing this weekend at the Marine Corps Marathon and elsewhere an amazing race!! Next up I have the Wicked 10K on Halloween.  I hope to see many of you there! Happy Training!!

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22 thoughts on “Crawlin Crab Half Race Recap

  1. I always love reading about your race recap, Kris! You always inspire me to keep trying harder. AND, one of the things that I love is that you can make anything into a positive – like your possible injury. You just handled it and pressed forward. Love it. Nice race and awesome PR!!

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  2. Congratulations on your half marathon and course PR! So glad you’re not in pain and that you have good docs and therapists to fix you up before big races. All of the J&A races look like fun and I love the PR board (I am probably going to forward that pic to some of my friends who are race directors because I think it’s such a great idea). You had great splits in the half and did so well even if you didn’t meet your A goal- when you train so hard, sometimes just staying injury-free and making it to the start line is a victory in itself! Onward to Philly :).

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  3. You’ve got some fast friends. 🙂 Thanks for sharing Kevin’s race report… and your own!
    A terrific race! Glad the possible injury was “easily” handled, and that you made a great race and a course PR. That PR board is really cool. It’s good to have this as a good mental boost for your goal race.

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  4. Congrats on an awesome race, and glad it’s confidence boosting heading into Philly! I rad Kevin’s report already but went back and read it again-so good. Obviously very glad that your little ‘issue’ never turned into an injury and you were able to work through it (mentally AND physically) and keep on with training and racing!

    Love the PR board, cool to see so much success!

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  5. I love the idea of the “my new PR” board! Take care of yourself and you’ll have a fast marathon. Just don’t let that leg become an issue. I’ve done dry needling, too, and it really is a weird feeling – it was the most sore later on my calf; other muscles seemed to absorb it better.

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  6. Congrats on an awesome race Kris!! I’m so glad the hiccup was not an injury. Hooray for the Direct Performance guys!
    You are going to rock the Philly Marathon – so exciting!!!

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  7. Congrats on a great race! I have had my calves needled before, among other areas, and the calves were the most painful. I posted a video of it being done on Instagram, along w a few curse words 🙂 Best of luck in Philly!!!

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  8. Nice course PR and another win for you!! Hope all continues to go well and I injury free for you! And nope. I’m not a wizard. lol my marathon training this time has been less than perfect and plenty of road bumps; including a crappy (literllaly) 18 miler lol!! Not sure if I’ve told you but I really enjoy following your blog! You’re such an inspiration. And so darn speedy! 😉

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