XTERRA Castle Rock 20K trail race.
I'm not really sure why I signed up for this -- I haven't done a long run in almost six weeks (~11 miles on 6/24). So I approached this as a supported training run rather than as a race (I had 12 miles on my training plan for today anyway -- perfect!).
Also, since my stomach has been quirky since last Thursday, I gave myself permission to bail after the first 10K loop if it acted up.
Good news / bad news -- no stomach issues whatsoever (despite my questionable decision to have spicy Thai food for lunch yesterday), so I had to cruise past the finish and keep going for the second loop.
I was feeling good -- going at a comfortable pace, only walking on the steeper uphills -- until I tripped on a rock and rolled my ankle *really* badly in mile 8. I saw stars. I had to sit on the side of the trail doing some lamaze-style breathing for a few minutes, due to the pain. And I skinned my knee. :-\
I hobbled to the next aid station (which was only about 100 feet away) and considered quitting. I could barely talk (since I was trying not to cry), but the volunteers helped me rinse the dirt out of my knee scrape. Then I "walked it off" for about a quarter mile.
I was able to continue running, but I was much more timid on the rocky parts and definitely slower overall. The weather also started to feel really hot in the last 3-4 miles.
Ultimately, I was nearly last at #53 of 70 overall -- but still 1st out of three for F45-49. Yay! (No former Olympians in my AG this time...) I got to pick a prize from an already-picked-over table of tchotchkes -- so I grabbed a handful of Honey Stinger gels.
My ankle is slightly swollen and I can tell it's going to be painful for a while.