Orienteering race 1:10:45  *** 4.6 km (15:23 / km) +240m 12:12 / km
ahr:160 max:180 17c shoes: VJ Integrators
Miami Whitewater North - M40+ Middle Distance
Generally, this was a pretty enjoyable day to kick off the weekend. I haven't been on a map in the woods for 2.5 months, and it feels good to be back at it.
Aside from #1 (took me too long to get my head into the technical section), this was a pretty clean run for me. I was happy to see that my overall pace was only a bit slower than my goal pace (15m/k), and on par with what I was running in late December.
I did feel the impact of my lack of outdoor running lately, though. The weather has kept me away from my SWWay Park hill loop for quite a while, and I felt it in my legs today.
I was really happy with my nav in the 11-14 technical section. I think I did a good job of simplifying the terrain and visualing a path through to the next bag. I spiked all these controls.
The big disappointment was the ankle sprain on the hard dirt road on the way to #15. My legs were fatigued, and I forgot to take some of the precautions that I usually take when faced with a hard surface in spikes. I don't remember even checking to see if there was grass at the side of the road, and I made no special effort to tense up my lower leg muscles as a precautionary measure. Then I hit a small rock or stick with the inside of my right shoe and turned my ankle.
Now, a couple of days later, I realize that my time with these shoes must come to an end. With my current weight and build, I can't continue to risk injury with shoes that emphasize traction over lateral stability. I do love the traction, but my recovery time from a sprain is too long to keep risking it. I need to seek out a stable trail shoe that doesn't sacrifice that stability too much for traction. Suggestions would be appreciated.