Sunday, April 10, 2011
Oh what a race!
This morning I woke up and I was literally bouncing off the walls, I was so excited. I laid everything for the race out the night before so I wasn't scrambling to get everything together. Preparation is very important to reduce the stress of the event. I ate a begal with peanut butter and a banana. I didn't drink a lot of water as I didn't want to have to pee during the race. I drank tons the days before. I did drink some coffee to give me some energy and help with a good bm. I was so ready.
I picked up my friend around 9:10am and we got to the event around 9:20am. The 21km runners were starting at 10am but the 5 and 10k'ers were starting at 10:30. The weather for the event was next to perfect. It was 5C and there was a bit of wind but it was sunny and warming up quickly. I met up with my running partner around the starting line at 9:45am and I went for 1 last pee before they let us go. We were bouncing around for a bit to get everything loosened up. I wanted to run for a few minutes but we didn't have time.
The plan was to just go nice and slow and TRY to finish in under 2hours. Neither of us trained extensively for the event and neither of us had ever run 21km before. I was nervous and so was she but I knew if anyone could run the race it was her. Needless to say, she didn't let me down at all. We took off and there was only 22 of us. The real racers just bolted off the start but for most of us, it was a nice calm start. There was a good hill shortly into the route which started to weed out some of the weaker runners but we held a steady pace. I'm happy to report that we were NEVER passed. I am guilty of pushing a little every time I saw another runner up ahead. I kept on say, "We could take him..." to which my partner replied, "Shut up, Scott!". It was funny because we did end up passing almost everyone we had in front of us. Even at the end when we were only 400m from the finish line I made her gun it at the end just to pass 1 guy who was in front of us. lol!
As for the details of the race, I felt so good almost the entire run. I drank a bit of water and I drank some of my powerade in my belt and I drank my Clif gel shot at the 1:10hr mark so I was well fueled the whole way. I could have drank more though because I was feeling pretty sick after the event due to dehydration. I never felt like I wanted to quit of walk at any point in the race. The gel worked for me but the belt kept riding up from my hips to my stomach so I was constantly adjusting. I also tried to use my iPhone to keep track of our distance and pace but I inadvertantly hit a button at the 2km mark so it was useless. I was kinda choked. Fortunately, they put volunteers with yellow shirts indicating the distance at every 1km. That made a big difference and I was glad to see them.
The guy who ultimately won the race was insanely fast. He finished in 1:14! We were just getting to the 13k mark when he was finishing his last km!
In the end we finished the race together with matching times of 1:55:51 which put me in 11th out of 22 men and my partner in 4th out of 11 women. Yeah, we didn't have a big turn out for the 21.3km race.
I'm also happy to report that the only injuries I have are a few ugly blisters but my legs and back are feeling good and I didn't pull or strain anything. I tried to use the chirunning technique but I don't know how much of it I used. I had my friend take a picture of us coming across the finish line and I was definately heel striking but I jumped at the end because I was so happy to be finished.
So I still can't believe that I ran 21.3km today! What an incredible feeling to have accomplished something that I never imagined I'd ever do.
Thanks for everyone's support. It really helped.
Here is a pic of my and my partner finishing the race.