One of the things that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, is to complete one of those obstacle course races. Earlier this year, I bit the bullet and registered for the Warrior Dash NorCal 2014 race – a 5k course with 12 obstacles. I trained pretty hard all year since I was very out of shape. The Warrior Dash race was my motivation to hit the gym regularly and to get my ass in gear.
Last Saturday, October 18th, was the day of the race. My wave time was 9:30am and at the start of the race, there’s a big ass hill and as it often goes with my luck, 2 or 3 minutes into the race I felt a pop in my right calf. I thought someone kicked me until the pain shot down my leg and I realized I couldn’t walk normally or bend my foot without excruciating pain. Long story short: I had torn my soleus muscle but made the decision (probably poorly so) to finish the race. I was angry that months of training and years of mustering up the courage to register to begin with, had all been thrown away 2 minutes into the race with a torn muscle.
So, I hobbled my way through the rest of the course, including all 12 obstacles. By the time I finished, I was exhausted and my right calf was very swollen. But I finished! It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t how I had wanted my first race to be, but at least I can say I didn’t give up.