Birkenhead Park 5 Mile Race Report
Mile One 5.34
Two Miles 11.04
Three Miles 16.48
Four Miles 22.39
Five Miles 28.23
Finish 5.09 miles = 28.45 ish!
I decided to run in the Saucony Hattori
I'd done 3 runs in them, but was still undecided as to whether these shoes would be OK to race in!
I've been going down the minimal shoe route for some time now but these shoes are quite extreme with very little padding,
I'd experienced some sciatic pain down my legs after a run in them on Tuesday and in retrospect this was a good warning of what was to come!
I travelled down with Stevie L and Trace, the weather was cool but windy.
Warming up I felt quite good but the shoes did make the Tarmac feel pretty hard, oh well lets give it a go!
Away from the start the pace was hot, I seemed to be getting overtaken on all sides.
I soon got into it and pulled passed a few guys who often beat me.
The first mile came in 5.34 which included the first half of a hill which we had to go over 3 times.
I was feeling pretty good and went through two miles in 11.04.
It's been a while since I've done any short distance road races and I felt my central governor was maybe holding me back just a little, I always use to find that a couple of these short races kind of reset my pain threshold and I would often improve by a minute in just a couple of weeks!
I started to lose the group in front of me after two miles but started to fight back getting onto the back of the guys ahead just after 3 miles 16.48.
Now we hit the final hill, half way up I got a sharp sciatic pain down my left leg.
My calf muscle started to lock!
I backed off my effort hoping the pain would ease off, I tried to stretch my back and relax the spasmed calf.
Should I carry on or pull out, how bad was the damage?
I reached the top of the hill, the guy I'd been running with was now 20 m ahead!
The muscle was no worse so I increased my pace on the downhill catching the guy.
Out onto the final 200m I lifted the pace and pulled away, still holding back a little in fear I'd completely tear the muscle.
Walking around after the muscle felt pretty tight and sore!
As I have a history of sciatic problem my conclusion is that this shoe just doesn't have enough shock absorbing under the forefoot for my high arched fairly rigid feet.
I pushed the limits just a bit too far this time and paid the price!
Today I went to see my chiropractor Dr Scott Fullwood who adjusted my back and did some very painfull trigger point and friction massage on the calf!
He recommended some easy walking and jogging for a few days.
Quite a few runners felt the course was not fast and at 5.09 miles on the Garmin I can see why!
I finished first in my age group and I think 15 or 16 overall [no results out yet].
So it's back to slightly better padded shoes for me but an interesting experiment all the same!
The Power Of The Mind, Breaking Through The Central Governor!
Thanks to Marathon Talk for the link