I was able to pick up my packet on Thursday, so on race morning, I arrived with about 10 minutes to spare before the start. The race started right on time, which was very nice!
Knowing the course well, I felt very prepared for this to be a good race. As I've been doing lately, I started by running until slightly fatigued, then beginning my 3:1 run/walk intervals. I made it for about 5 minutes at the beginning before starting my intervals.
Before I even reached the first mile, I felt myself mentally struggling. I don't know what it was, but I wasn't feeling 100% in to running that morning. Then, my left foot started to get tingly and go numb right around the first mile marker.
I seriously contemplated dropping down to the 5K race right up until the turnaround point. I reminded myself that my favorite part of the race was still to come, and if I dropped down to the 5K distance, I'd miss it. So, I kept on going. I stopped to loosen up my left shoe to attempt to get some feeling back in my foot.
Well, it felt a little better for a few minutes, then went right back to feeling numb. Right before we got on the boardwalk at Smyrna Dunes Park, I readjusted my shoe and decided to walk through one round of my interval timer to try and get the foot to get feeling back. It was nice to walk through this lovely part of the course.
I'm really glad I kept going past the 5K turn around, because I would not have gotten to see the lighthouse if I didn't.
Once we got off the boardwalk, I knew there were 2 miles left. I picked up my pace just a little bit during my running intervals and was able to finish strong.
Overall, another very fun Ed Root 10K! Despite my foot problems and struggling mentally, I still enjoyed this race.
Question for you: Have you ever had foot numbness while running? If so, what can I do to fix it?