Urban Orienteering race 38:15*** 6.88 km (5:34 / km) +14m5:30 / km ahr:162 max:176 spiked:20/20c
Poole Town Race, Wessex Night League.
I wasn't sure if I was going to go out and once I did, I wasn't sure how long I would run. I went out anyway just to see how my injured toe would react, very carefully. I had my walking trainers on which are 1/2 size larger than all my running shoes to give some room for my feet (all of my running shoes were pressing slightly on my swollen toe once I put them on and were painful). I didn't warm up and expected to start slowly and turn back at any point, or come back halfway if things got uncomfortable.
All of this meant I wasn't expecting anything other than some feedback on my feet today, this wasn't a competitive run as far as I a concerned.
I started slow as planned, then after my feet felt OK with the easy pace and my adjusted running style (heel strike and longer paces instead of the one I started to adopt over the last 10 months to move to front foot strike and more rapid pace, which obviously would put more strain on my toes), after about 7-8 minutes I was brave enough to up the pace a little bit, to about 80% effort (still being careful with turns etc that would stress the feet).
Technically speaking, I finally had a good strategy for the score (not sure if this was because of the slower pace allowing me more time to think or just so happens that I am starting to know the area now), and only really had one mistake with some confusion costing me about a minute. Of course, I wasn't anywhere near the pace I would expect without an injury.
Overall with all the precautions my toe lasted the course, which is encouraging but I won't be looking for any tricky ground (like a proper terrain for Orienteering) for a while to allow it to heal.
Ah - finished 4th but of course that means nothing in the context of the injury.