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Twilight Bay Run race report

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I am so thrilled to be writing a Race Report – that has been a long time coming.

When I was convalescing in Melbourne, I decided that I was going to set some post operative goals – as you do – as there’s not much you can do with yourself, except think, read and surf the internet. As running was something that fell by the wayside as soon as I sustained the hamstring avulsion, I decided to make it my goal to be able to run again. Many people who sustain a hamstring avulsion and who don’t get it repaired can no longer run and often those who do get them repaired find it difficult (but not impossible).

That is how I found myself with an entry into the Twilight Bay 5km run. Surely I could run five kilometres five months post surgery? I informed my physio, who smiled at me, told me it was good to have a goal then told me to keep working on my strength because I didn’t have enough to run just yet.

A few weeks ago, I gave up on the prospect of running, and heeding my physio’s advice, went to the gym and started working on my strength.

Last week, I ran again as a bit of an experiment – one minute on, one minute off on the treadmill. It was better, but didn’t feel quite right and I was feeling rather despondent about the prospect of showing up for this run and well, not being able to run. What a waste of money that was going be!

Then poor Mr Lucy copped an earful about my failure to run and kindly suggested that I pull out – to which I told him that there was no way I was pulling out of something that I had paid to do.

I headed off to Wynnum solo and after a well timed pre run toilet stop at Murrarie (as cyclists, we know where all the good stops are and as a runner from way back, know the joys of finding a quiet bathroom pre run), found the start line and wisely decided to do some hamstring activation drills.

Still with the thought of having to stop and walk, I approached the start line, broke into a gentle jog, and ignored the crampy complaints my hamstring was giving me. Before I knew it, I saw a great big sign that read “1km”. I was delighted – after all I hadn’t been able to manage 200m, let alone one kilometre post op. I asked myself if I was in any pain. Funnily enough, the weird cramping had stopped and suddenly I found myself running the second kilometre faster.

Then I saw the “3km” marker. I couldn’t quite believe that there it was and I was still running. I could feel my old “bulldog tenacity” coming back. I knew then that I was going to complete the 5km, running the entire way.

At the 4.5km mark my glutes were starting to tire, however, I could see the finish line and I willed them to keep working for that last five hundred metres.

I crossed the line in 32.50 and instantly felt very emotional. I had done it – run! I wanted to tell everyone around me that I’d recovered from hamstring surgery and run – luckily I saw my good mate Karen and her family and was able to tell her how pleased I felt.

Yesterday was a turning point for me – I feel like I chased away the “black dog” and found an inner “bulldog” in its place, a dog that has been “lost” for a long time. I am glad it came home. My heart and my feet are lighter. It is a good feeling.

4 thoughts on “Twilight Bay Run race report

  1. That’s such a huge achievement Liz. Congratulations. You’ve never given up during this whole process of recovery when it would have been so easy to throw in the towel. And now you’re reaping the rewards.

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