sums up my thoughts on the day
Happy Monday! I’m back with another race report – after last weekend’s 10k (my first in a while) I was looking forward to seeing if I could produce some consistent results. The two races and days couldn’t have been more different, although the times are pretty similar.
Last weekend, there were tons of crowds, a big group of friends, terrible weather and a hilly course I didn’t know. Today, I had cool sunshine, a small local race with few people, and a flat course that I drove to calmly on my own. On paper, it sounds like I should have had an awesome day today.
When I got to the race start, I picked up my bib (no time yesterday!) and relaxed for a bit before getting warmed up. I know I haven’t ever been great about warming up, but I was wearing shorts and a singlet and just too darn cold not to! haha
Pretty soon it was time to line up at the start. I didn’t want to go too crazy, so I placed myself a few rows back. When the front runners took off, I had to dodge a bunch of traffic to stay with them.
So the first mile was too fast for me, and from the beginning of the third mile on, you can see me starting to blow up. My stomach has felt a bit off all week, and this was the last it was going to put up with. I crossed the finish line fighting major urges to throw up, and ultimately I did a little bit (after the line and into the garbage, thank goodness). I finished as the 5th girl and 11th person overall.
I don’t have much to say about this day other than I felt awful and I pushed through – I think to about my maximum effort. My heart rate was over 170 for almost 6 minutes (it’s 42 at rest, so that’s super uncomfortable).
Afterwards, I drove home and settled down. I was reminded of this quote from a spin class earlier in the week – I definitely would not have been strong enough to push to the same level at this time last year.
Around noon, I met my sweet running friend at a spinning studio and we had a great 45 minute ride to help get my mind off the race while I flushed my legs a bit. My stomach held up, so we spent the sunny afternoon walking around downtown and then I was finally ready to eat around 4.30. I’m super grateful that she cheered me up so well :) I’m feeling a lot better now and looking SO forward to going to bed. On to the next, right?