Race day arrived bright and early this morning. My friend Chris and I had decided to meet up at my house around 6AM – quite early for a Saturday morning. But I had gotten all of my stuff gathered the night before, so I was in good shape this morning when my alarm went off at 5:35. I was dressed and had my “breakfast” quickly so I could start digesting before the race. I ate half a banana and a quarter of a bagel and saved the rest for after the race.
Here I am gathering my running gear about half an hour before the race:
I ran with a water bottle and my iPod today. I started the morning off with running tights under my running skirt, but thankfully I was warm enough before the race to take off the extra layer on my legs. I left my long sleeved Nike shirt on for the first 1/2 a mile of the race – then we ran past our car, and I took off the long sleeved shirt and the next mile in my Nike tank top and arm warmers. About a mile and a half into the race I took off my arm warmers and ran the rest of the race the way I had originally planned on running the entire race (who knew it would be cool this morning – it has been so summer like the last several days).
I ran the race in 32 minutes and 30 seconds. Certainly not super fast – but for my first race after my recent health scare, hospitalization, surgery, recovery and only getting the OK to start running again on March 25 – I was very happy with the results. A big thank you to my great friend Chris who was nice enough to run with me for this, my first race since the health issues. It was a lot easier running this race knowing that I had a friend running with me the whole time. The race was actually a lot easier than I had thought it would be.
The race was over (for us) just after 8 o’cock this morning. We went to the post – race area to grab some more water, apples and a cinnamon twisty thing, which was quite good. Chris grabbed some sherbet, and I snacked on my apple. In the race information packet, we were told that there would be chocolate milk at the post race get together, but after exploring a bit, I did not see any. I was a bit disappointed because I was really looking forward to some chocolate milk – it’s a great recovery drink and I love Monroe Diary. 😦
We took a post – race photo op thanks to a fellow runner:
After walking around the finish line area for a while, we got back in the car – where I finished the other half of my banana and drank more water. When we got back to my house I put some coffee on (I can’t believe I had been up since 5:30 in the morning, ran a race and had yet to have coffee at 9 o’clock!) and I enjoyed two big mugs. Eventually I changed into street clothes and went out to enjoy the rest of the day.
Before lunch, I bought a pair of Nike Frees – I cannot wait to run in them tomorrow. Chris and I went to Luxe Burger Bar for a post race lunch. I had a kobe hamburger with guacamole and a side of sweet potato fries along with a Magic Hat #9. A perfect post race meal 🙂
I hope you have all had a great Saturday. Tomorrow is the Providence half marathon and marathon… best of luck to all of the runners!
4 thoughts on “Race Day”
So glad your run went well! Congratulations!
Thanks, Mom. You should do it next year, too! 🙂
Congratulations! Your determination and training paid off! I’m proud of you!
Thank you, Marilyn! It was really fun and it was great to see all of the training pay off like that. New training starts tomorrow – will fill you in on that soon! 🙂