I went back and forth between nervous and excited in the days leading up to the race. Some days I felt confident and ready, and others I felt like I would die before the finish line. Many of these feelings came when I looked at my running log and noticed that I had only actually run the 10k distance once prior, with several runs just below that distance. And then all my runs in the week prior were hard on me physically even though they were small distances.
Packet pick up was on Friday. I love it when races have free beer at these events!
|I love that this was my number. 53 is my fave number and 68 is my lucky number!|
Fast forward to race day. I got about 5 hours of sleep. I made a smoothie out of leftover coffee, milk, ice , and a Weight Watchers Chocolate Smoothie mix for my breakfast. I would have liked a banana, but I was all out. While I was getting dressed I kept going outside after each layer until I had enough clothes on to not be cold before the run or too warm during the run. The Man got quite a good laugh out of it.
I got to the Max station just as the train I wanted was pulling away which meant I had to wait a half hour before the next train came. I used that time to pace the platform and stretch. I also took my traditional "look how silly I look" picture.
I got to the race just a few minutes before the start time. Rushed to bag check where I found a friend who I knew was also racing. I lost him in the crowd while I was heading to the Honey Buckets but we agreed to meet after the run so I didn't mind.
By the time I made it out of the potty lines the race had already started. The race was starting in waves and I knew I needed to be in the back of the line since I am slow so it didn't bother me. I have to say, it was really well organized for such a large race in a small space! According to my timing chip I crossed the start line about 8 minutes after the official gun.
|If you look closely you can see runners on the middle bridge!|
|This is the view from ON the bridge you could see in the above picture|
|This is another view of the 1st bridge|
|The 2nd bridge - saw a guy puking off the edge of this one...into the river.|
|2 free beers! Yes, please!|
We finished those beers, then had 2 more beers show up, then decided that being drunk at 10:30 on a Sunday morning wasn't a good idea so we headed out for some food (and another beer).
I got home to find the Man working hard in the back yard. He didn't care at all that I was stinky and gave me the big "well done" hug that I needed. He followed that by telling me he was sad he missed the race. If I wasn't completely dehydrated, I would have started crying. That man knows just what to say to me sometimes. I love him so freaking much.
My heart was still hurt from the feelings I stirred up while running, so I thanked all my Twitter friends for their support then poured out a rant on how lonely my race was. I got a lot of feedback from everyone that made me feel a lot better (not completely better tho).
I need to remember that I race for me, and not for glory. I also need to remember that some people are just assholes.
After a long shower, fresh change of clothes and about 80 glasses of water I got a text from the friend I saw at the race asking me to be his "race buddy". I guess he is tired of racing alone too! He has already emailed me several races to sign up for that he is doing and told me to send him any I wanted to do for him to sign up for. I am SO excited for all of these races now, knowing I don't have to do them alone!
Stay tuned....lots more race recaps will be coming in the next few months as my racing schedule is now FULL! :)