Thursday, it was 102 degrees when I got out of work according to my car thermostat. I waiting a few hours until it went down to 95 and headed to the Corning Preserve.
No, I didn’t run the course. I went for a bike ride. For the first time on this trail, I didn’t see any runners!! Pretty obvious why. I am glad I decided not to run.
My bike ride was rather pleasant. It was hot but there was a nice breeze off the river. I haven’t ridden my bike since I started running again. I actually miss it.
Back to the race.
I got up early and truthfully did not feel well – head achy & nauseous. But I ate my usual race breakfast and headed to the race because I wanted to be sure to get a parking spot. There was no problem but who knew since I had never done this race before. It turned out to be a small race of a little over 100 runners. It was the first race that I’ve gone to in a long time where I did not know anyone. If I were healthier, I would have been running the Valley Cats Home Run 5k (that I have done twice before) and I would have bumped into friends there.
Anyway, I walked around to warm up – there were two area with public restrooms.
As I waited, it was getting hotter and I was feeling not too great but anxious to RACE!!
Finally we approached the starting line. This race was only gun timed but I didn’t really care to start too close to the front.
As soon as I started running, I knew this wouldn’t be a great race. My legs felt heavy and my calves sore. It was hot and no shade at all (we turned halfway before the bike path gets shady.)
I struggled…I walked at the water stop at 3/4 mile and then again at the 1.5 mile turn around. It got harder and harder and I walked more and more – I think at least 4 more times.
I have never walked this much during a race – in fact at the FRW a few weeks ago, I only walked 2x briefly…maybe it was the heat or I ran the 1st mile faster than I should have at this point in my injury. I also have not been running a lot yet. Another problem with a small race was that after the first mile, I was running alone. The fast runners were way ahead and the slow ones way behind. I think running with others would have motivated me not to walk (just saying.)
Anyway, I finished the last .1 mile strong – the clock registered at 32:50 (and I didn’t puke though I thought I would.)
Once I recovered with some water and ice cream (yes, they had a truck). I was very happy with my time. It was almost 3 minutes faster than the FRW on June 2.
Goals for this race:
- run most of it – sorta (too much walking in my opinion)
- finish faster than the FRW (35:39) – YES!!!
- enjoy it – kinda (but did not feel great)
So what’s next?
I know that I have to walk less and that means getting in better running shape. The 27 minutes 5k finish times may never come back but I do not want to feel miserable throughout a 5k race. I also want to be able to run longer distances.
Happy Running! Any races this past weekend?