Sunday, January 10, 2010

Southern California Half-Marathon

It was a beautiful morning... but since Jim and Cheryl weren't there, I don't have any pictures. It was warm enough that I was wearing a tank top for the race.

I just passed mile 2 at 15.40 and was feeling GREAT! At that point I could still see Chris way up ahead in his orange shirt. THEN... one of the SRLA kids cut across my path (I think it was to see her parents on the side of the trail). I had to step off to the side to avoid running into her. I stepped on the lip of the trail, rolled my ankle, and fell on my opposite knee and both hands. I looked at my scrapes and they weren't too bad, but when I tried to start running again... it was clear that the ankle wasn't going to make it. I hobbled back to the starting line and got some ice from first aid (they cleaned up my scrapes too). It took me so long to get back to the starting line that I only had to wait about 20 minutes until Chris came in.

Before the race, Chris said that he didn't think he would do very well, since he was out of shape. He did GREAT! I think he came in around 1:39-1:40, which is over his PR, but still a great time (especially since he stopped to use the bathroom)! He said that he after the first mile he never felt good... had to PUSH the whole race.

He was exhausted, came home and took a nap. I came home put more ice on my ankle, took Advil, wrapped a compression bandage around it, kept it raised above my heart... and repeated throughout the day. The ankle is still swollen and sore!

It's too bad I fell, I would have finished with a GREAT time! Oh, well, time to look forward to the next race... I hope the ankle is better by then.


Mary said...

Sorry to hear that Chris did not enjoy the race. Sounds like he is much better shape then he thought he was. Sorry to hear about your ankle too. Hope it gets better quickly!

Mara... said...

Joni, so sorry to hear about your fall!! That really stinks! But it sounds like you are taking it in stride. I hope it heals quickly and you are back on the road SOON!!!! Big hugs to you and your ankle!

BethieJ said...

Joni I am so SORRY to hear about your fall.. hope your ankle is feeling better! I LOVE that photo of Chris.. Congrats to him on his time! So what is your next race?!!!
Have a GREAT day!

BethieJ said...

Me again! :) Thanks for the congrats Joni!!
Ok here is how PIO works! :) Each week they issue a challenge (I believe it is on sunday!) then you use their challenge PLUS any others you want.. so the idea is to Pile them on! :) Get as many as you can in one creation.. some of the girls are so good I have seen up to 7+ in one item... I am not that good.. yet!!! :) Hope you will come over and play along sometime!! :)
Have a GREAT weekend.. hope your ankle is feeling better!