Course des Rois

Villemur-sur-Tarn is a small village by the river Tarn, about 40km North from Toulouse. Last Sunday I went there early in the morning to take part in the Course des Rois, a 10km race that was organized there.

Last time I ran a race in January it was in 2002, in Torrelodones, another “King’s Race”. I remember that a week before I had missed the 2001 San Silvestre due to a sprain in the ankle. By the time the race in Torrelodones came I could not rest anymore and I ran it with the bandage still on.

Villemur-sur-Tarn is close to the wine-region of Fronton, another village about 10km South from it. The first runners that were subscribed to the race received a bottle of red win. Yeah, I won something at a race! Even before starting!

After several pains in the Autumn, I went to the doctor and got an x-ray of the waist. It showed a difference in the length of the legs of ~7mm. Then I went to a podologue who made a couple of orthopedic soles for me. They partly correct that difference in length plus improve my stepping (I tend to supinate or under-pronate).

I started using the soles about two weeks ago. The podologue told me “start using them little by little, don’t go and run on them 15km at the first trial”. Well, I ran 7km. Then other 7km, etc… These days I am having pain in the left knee. I guess that it was not used to the level of effort it is required now. While it gets used to it, it hurts as hell every time I start running.

On Sunday, when I arrived to Villemur, I started warming up about 20 minutes before the start of the race. I almost couldn’t bend the knee. Then I was jogging very softly, and the pain was that that my body wanted me not to take part in the race. I felt like crying. Luckily I was alone in the race and didn’t have to talk to anyone in those moments. Only in my head I was thinking “it’s ok, some minutes of pain while warming up and then it’ll get better”.

It got better. During the 1st kilometre I could stand it so I continued with the same rhythm until km 2.5, when my body broke into sweating and I stopped feeling cold. From then on, feeling warm and more comfortable, I looked at the rest of the race with a more positive look.

I went along with some groups of runners until feeling comfortable with them and going ahead to catch another group. I repeated this process about 3-4 times, with a final increase in the pace at about km 7.5, when I tried to make it below 47′. In the end, I did 47’09”.

I’m very happy with the time. Had I launched the pace increase before I might have made it. This is nearly 1 minute faster than in Brax 6 months ago and some 20 seconds faster than the end of the half marathon of Toulouse last September. I’m training with more difficulty these days, but it seems that I haven’t lost punch for the races. This race also helps me to measure the level of fitness with the McMillan calculator I use, in order to estimate training paces.

You may want to see performance of the race measured by Garmin and the following pics:

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10 responses to “Course des Rois

  1. Sulekha

    Your blogs are great – educative and inspiring, youg man. Best wishes.

  2. Un consejo, busca a un masajista que haga tratamiento fascial. A mi me ayudo muchísimo.

    Las fascias son como las capas que recubren los músculos. Yo tenía una hinchazón en el tobillo durante 2 semanas que no bajaba. Una amiga que hace esas cosas me dio un masaje en navidades (en mitad de la pantorrilla no el tobillo) y me dijo que tenía la fascia que recubre el ¿soleo? muy tensa. El caso es que durante su masaje sentía sus dedos en el tobillo, no en la pantorrilla (… aluciante). Al día siguiente esta casi normal. Según me contó ella, la contracción evitaba que el tejido conjuntivo inflamado pudiera enviar de vuelta el líquido de la hinchazón, y al relajar el bloqueo, el cuerpo pudo ir drenando poco a poco.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myofascial_release

    • jejeje, gracias por el consejo. ¿Sabes a quién tengo yo que ha hecho multitud de cursos para todo tipo de masajes? Mi madre 🙂 Cuando vengo a Madrid me llevo masajes cada día. De hecho ahora la rodilla la tengo sin molestias. A ver cómo responde a la vuelta a Toulouse cuando salga de nuevo a trotar.

  3. Una pregunta tonta:
    Si el profesional sanitario que te arregla los callos es un callista,
    ¿cómo se llama a el/la que te arregla las fascias?

  4. ‘The podologue told me “start using them little by little, don’t go a run on them 15km at the first trial”. Well, I ran 7km. Then other 7km, etc… ‘
    You should have your head checked by a doctor, not just your waist and feet 😛

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