Hitting the Brakes due to that Wall.
The race started off really great, no pains, no issues and I held strong at 3rd place female until the turnaround and 1/2 way point at mile 15.5. Unfortunately, my stomach and inner legs (abductors/psoas/gracilis muscles 😞 ) unexpectedly failed to continue working, seizing up in tight knots deep in my abdomen on both sides. I have never had pain like this nor this kind of issue before so I was really concerned and soon after my race turned into a painful nightmare after about mile 8 due to this happening. Muscle failure is NO JOKE!
Gratefully, I pushed through and was able to finish with a time of 5:18 and as 7th place female but maaannnnnn, it sure was a struggle, especially having to stop every few miles to not only pull off the trail for tummy issues but also to attempt to stretch the whole hip flexor/abdominal regions. 😩 Pretty bummed about it all but I was VERY THANKFUL God got me through it, super grateful for the volunteers, race crew, good buddies and the fact that soon after I was home and kicking back to recover. 🍀 I haven’t felt that terrible in YEARS!!
A big thanks to my buddy, Sabrina, for for driving and racing with me this fine morning and CoNgRaTuLaTioNs to all the other friends/runners out there battling the torrential rains and brisk temperatures today! A HUGE “shout out” and ThAnK YoU to Skagit Runners for putting on such a lovely race year after year!! 👣 It’s always so awesome to see so many friends out there! I didn’t get a lot of pictures since I was feeling so crap-tastic! 💩 But it is what it is... 😊 Until next time!