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Hershey 10K Race Recap

Where to begin.... this was a race that I had decided that I was not going to run. I have been injured for months. I have not been running. My longest run was 2 miles, and it was weeks ago. So I had decided that I was not going to run this race. The very day that I made that decision I got an email from Zensah (save 20% with this affiliate link) about doing an Instagram stories take over. Well I definitely did not want to pass up that opportunity. Of course I was given the option to take a later date, but I didn't have any other races on the calendar at this point. So I decided to see
what happened


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I told my physical therapist that I wanted to do the race. He said go for it. He said I would possibly be in some pain, but he thought that I could do it.

It was a beautiful morning for a race - although it was a little cold and windy. But I was super happy to be running. It'd been a long time since I'd run, and even longer since I'd run a race!!!!



I didn't have a strategy. I knew there wouldn't be a PR. My goal was to finish and have fun. So I took off running just to run. I ran hard. I walked. I ran hard and when I felt pain (which I did) I slowed the pace or walked.

I stopped to take pics. I uploaded pics to IG stories mid run. Somehow I got logged out of Instagram and of course I don't know the password for Zensah, so I had to open my email to get the password and re-log back into Instagram.

I threw all timed goals out and just had fun.




The race was super hard for me. I mean I haven't run / walked 6 miles in a VERY long time. I finished feeling pretty rough. Ok - REALLY rough. My quads and hamstrings were super angry. My hip wasn't too bad. I could definitely feel it but overall ok. I've been faithful to stretch and foam roll.

I went to PT Monday, and my hip was up-slipped. And since he's put it back into place, I've dealt with some pain again (so frustrating!!!) But I know it just takes time I guess?

Anyway, I'm so glad that I didn't DNS on the Hershey 10K. It was a great thing for me to do as it really helped me mentally. I've missed running. I've missed racing, and I'm considering running some more races this year.



For me each race is a learning experience, and this race reminded me that I love racing.




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