I enjoyed myself. I didn't care for the 34 degree start temps, but the race went much better then the Fit 4 Life 10K race that I did by the same director.
I happened to wake up at 2:30am, which is my usual bedtime. I fell asleep by 10:30pm. I couldn't go back to sleep for anything! The BF woke up and we both we pretty cruddy feeling from the lack of sleep. I expected to be up by 5:30am, but I just couldn't go back to sleep! Not the ideal way to start race day. I had a Chobani and went downstairs to the hotel breakfast. A bite of eggs and a couple bites of Raisin Bran and half a coffee was all I could get down. I felt like a groggy mess. I wasn't hungover feeling, but that lack of sleep feeling was miserable.
The start of the 18 mile race around the lake was at 8am. We got down there about 7:30 and waited in the car. I brought a Lemon Hydro and sipped that and felt a little more awake. That and the 34 degrees really jolted me awake. I decided to put on my calf sleeves and a long sleeved over my tank top for the hour wait outside for my race start.
I had to take a bus with the 5K'ers to the start of the race. The bus ride was a little squished. I was one of a few people that had to squeeze into a seat with 2 others. 3 adults don't fit into bus seats like when we were kids! But the bus sure warmed us up and we were at our start line around 8:40. 20 minutes in the cold was unpleasant. I jogged in place to keep warm. What is funny is that I don't think many people jogged to warm up.
The route was part rocky gravel dirt road, and part paved road. I thought the road was pretty well marked.
This was part of my race view. It took a few miles to get into the groove of running. I had my long sleeve on that I took off at mile 2 and put it around my waist. Then I was fumbling with my ipod and actually stuck it under my garmin strap. It worked out pretty well.
I took an Accel Vanilla gel at mile 4.75, I noticed people on the side of the road and thought it was a water stop, so I took the gel. But it was not water, it was a family with little kids cheering us on. We got to high 5 all the kids and it was pretty fun. It was another mile or so until I could ditch my empty gel packet and get some water to wash it down. Thank goodness the Accels are so liquid that I didn't feel sticky or sick feeling.
My form was total crap on the run. I have been focusing on my form with the Altras but on this race, I really didn't unless it was on the upillls, where it is easier for my to step up with the ball of the feet and propel uphill. I was plodding past some people uphill, and I was shocked that I was able to do that because some people seem like faster runners then me. I did stop to walk the water stops and 2 short spans of uphill trotting. I felt tired about mile 5. My quad was acting like it was going to cramp up and I felt like I was going to have no energy at the finish line, like I was going to puke or lay down, but those cruddy feelings didn't last long. I was able to stay passed some people I was able to pick off and right at the end of the race, I was passed by a couple of ladies I was able to pass at one of the previous water stops. Just before that, I was passed by some lady that I didn't let pass me. I put that last stretch of run into another gear and made sure she didn't get passed me at the finish line. The BF was shocked that I was going so fast, he almost spilled his coffee to video me.
I had to look pretty tired at the finish. I actually felt pretty good!
PBR & Salmon River Shiver IPA at the finish! Plus sub sandwiches and chocolate milk at the finish. Look who is happy!
After 2 beers and some sandwich, I put my leggies into the lake. It was the perfect temp and so clear, I had a hard time leaving. I would do this race again!