I ran Unilab race last Sunday (March 6) at BGC with the goal of at least finishing it at 2h:15m. Sad to say, my official time tells me that I finished in in 2h:21m. Same old reason, plantar pain on my left foot triggered the problem. I knew at km 15 (where I reached it in 1h:30m), I was already done. I end up utilizing most my right leg to push myself forward while my left leg was just there so that I could remaing standing. Its painful and excruciating, hence my right leg paid dearly for it. I was attacked by cramps on my right calf 200 meters from the finish line, I ended up standing for few minutes on the side-line while a friend named Carly looks on. Hahahahaha!
It looks like all my impending serious training will not materialize unless I address this issue first. Could it be the shoes? Also, I noticed after the race, a portion of my plantar near the inner side was swollen. So my theory is my feet is expanding but the shoes is too tight for me. Why does shoes don’t come in widths here in Pinas! I might go for a bigger shoes or do more convincing to buy a heat-moldable custom insoles from Runnr store.
I know its going to be a harder and longer road to recovery for me.
Road races nowadays are very expensive. My say on this is that runner always have an option. There are always cheaper races available (see Kikay’s list–> http://kikayrunner.com/2011/03/march-2011-races-spotlight/) I just hope that companies will help promote running among the madlang people by shouldering part of the registration cost, anyway its for their marketing effort naman. And hopefully, some entrepreneur-runners can organize races themselves like Team Endures Aquathlon (contact Rico of http://sheerwill.blogspot.com/ for details). Finally, some runners don’t want the medals,singlets,lootbag and all other marketing hype. As for me, I only need a race to have the correct distance, better security/marshalls and sufficient hydration! If any race organizers can get these three right, I guess he/she don’t need to jack up the cost of race registration!