Anyway, our team walked the course, warmed up, and the girls lined up at the start. The guy fired the pistol and we ran. A few people dominoed, creating a hurtle effect. Anyway, the very beginning of the trail was a hill. The biggest hill on the course. And the path was narrow. So the really fast kids were elbowing their way up while the slow kids were already losing their breath. A completely terrifying picture when you realize there were 119 of us running.
So me and Elyssa got to the top of the hill, and we were fine. Perhaps a tad winded, but fine. We were running. Elissa got a few steps ahead of me by sliding through a gap in the masses. Unfortunately that gap was closed directly after and I was stuck two girls behind. But that was okay, I mean, I'd get through eventually.
And so we got to the first big down-hill slope 1/4 mile in. It was pretty big. The coaches had been warning us on the walk-through to lean forward, not back on them. So I confidently leaned forward and started down the hill. About halfway down I landed on a rock. Which really would have been fine if the rock hadn't moved, I hadn't fallen, and my ankle hadn't twisted and rolled all at the same time.
And like so I limped/ran another 1.5 miles. I hopped a la one foot for a ways. I watched almost all of my team pass me, and in shame kept at it. BTW it is NOT easy to hop up-hill on one foot! And like so I hopped my way into 91st.
I'm just saying, but this does not bode well for future Meets.