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Race Result

Racer: Jeff Smith
Race: Clyde's American 10K
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Run - 10 km
Age Group: Male 40 - 44
Time: 0:39:34
Overall Place: 35 / 1729
Age Group Place: 2 / 209
Comment: Good confidence builder after coming off an injury

Race Report:

This was a happy surprise, as I almost did not do the race because of an injury. I was cleared by my Physical Therapist, Tom Yates, on Thursday to run the race on Sunday, but I was not sure if I should run the race.

I had a form of sciatica wherein the hamstring and piroformis (butt) muscles knotted up and pressed against the sciatica nerve on the right side. It was very painful. I took a month off from running from mid-Feb to mid-March, and then started back slow but with some pain. In early April, the pain went away, but then it came back on the Monday before Clyde's. Tom worked out the knots and had me do more stretching on Tuesday and Thursday. It was then that he told me I was going to have a good race. These words stuck in my head all weekend before Clyde's. Training was spotty and there had not been any speed training. What did Tom know that I did not know? This question nagged at me.

As I approached the starting line, it suddenly occurred to me that I had no race plan. Should I start in the front and run fast or should I run a conservative pace in order to avoid another injury? I decided to start fast and see what I could do. I did not start the timer on my watch and did not see the mile markers until mile 4, so I had know idea how I was doing until I saw the timer at the finish line.

After the race, I ran the course again with Chip. Then, we walked over to see the results. Second place in my AG. I missed 1st place by 9 seconds. My goal that I set last year for this race was to be on the podium, but I almost gave up on it because of the injury. You never know.