*The days before the race:*
* Other than a light 30 minute run on Friday, I did absolutely NO running and made sure any aerobic activity I did was low impact. I also upped my carbs slightly for maximum glycogen on race day. I know this was only a 5k, but over preparation is how I deal with my unknowns. :)
*Sat 11/23 PM:*
* High protein and good carbs for dinner
* Surprisingly even with pre-race jitters, I fall asleep easily.
* Thanks to my lovely CAT who does not come with a snooze alarm, I am up 15 minutes before the alarm.
* Alarm sounds and I literally BOUNCE out of bed! DH snoozed the alarm for himself and I go about getting his coffee and making him breakfast. It was the perfect activity for me to calm my nerves before I imploded from anxiety. For once, I allow myself to comfort my emotions with food, even if it's a bowl of cereal.
* We leave for the race, which is only about 5 minutes away.
* My tummy is in knots and I feel like throwing up!!!
* We park and when you talk about Fight or Flight, I am in full Flight mode. I start BAWLING my eyes out. Thank goodness DH has skills when it comes to calming me down. I stop crying right when I realize that my eyes will be puffy in the pics. Vanity ALWAYS wins.
* Beach at this time of morning = FREEZING and I literally climb and cling onto DH like a koala bear for warmth.
* I have never been around this many fit looking people in my life. I feel like a martian who's just touched down at her home planet.
* I brave the cold and take off my jacket for a pic. :):):) (Excuse the no-make up look)
Me, braving the cold without my jacket (:O
* OMG do I have to pee or am I just cold??? (I found out that I was cold and nervous. TMI?)
* They call them Olympic stretches, but what they're really having us do are stupid Mickey Mouse type exercises. I feel even dopier when I start stepping all over myself. I am so uncoordinated!
* Line up at the starting line!
* A couple of people were doing these sprint things at the starting line and the race director told them to stop. I feel intimidated by their fitness. And I am SO SHORT!!
* DH tries to get me in the front of the line for pics, but I am super shy and put myself in the 3rd-4th row.
* There's the horn... MADNESS!
* It's a small race, but I still feel like a buffalo crossing a river with a herd.
* "PAAAAAAAACE YOURSELF!!!" I say to myself but it's really hard.
* My right foot feels constricted from my tight laces but I decide to wait it out (thankfully it loosened itself later).
* I felt claustrophic behind these girls so I put my mind to my form and started pumping my arms really hard. I slid past them easy and settled down again.
* Mile 1 split is 7:57 - WHAT!!!!!! I have *never* broken into the 7 MM area in my entire LIFE!
* I'm getting really nervous as I feel myself slowing down. I am SO cold.
* The sight of DH with the camera calms me down immensely
* To calm my nerves, I look to my right at the ocean. I echo DH's words to me: _"You have nothing to worry about, you've done this before."_
* I am using a girl in white as my pacer and my heart sank when she got further away from me. People are passing me now. Lesson: slow the H down next time
* I pass a guy laying on the ground on his back, clutching his left leg. I'm grateful that I am not the one on the ground.
I was right to pick out a pink outfit, right??? LOL
* I am very relieved to see the mile 2 marker, though it seemed to take forever. My watched showed that I clocked in at 8 minute-ish. A quick calculation means I can finish this thing before 28 minutes!
* I can't find my gusto... WHERE IS MY GUSTO!!!
* Right before mile 3 my pacer went off track and stopped running. I use another pacer - a guy in black and push myself to keep up with him.
I'm a bit embarrassed by the expression on my face...
You can kinda see my glutes jump out of my leg. I've never had that kind of definition before!
* There is a guy right in front of me...
* It wasn't until I saw DH at the finish line that I found my strength and sprinted towards the finish line, BLAZING past the guy in front of me! (I realize now how rude that was - oops) I come in hooting and hollering and went straight in for my hug from the #1 in my life who supported me every step of the way: DH
Sprinting... Blazing... Watch out dude! He ended up placing 1 second after me - oops on my part. (I kinda like the way my abs look in this pic heehee)
Is it over already???
* They calculated my time at 25:08 and 8:07 pace. Not too far is my net time, which was at 25:05 with a pace of 8:05. This is the fastest I've ever run, but I have to account for the fact that I have a rancid amount of hills on my regular route and this was all flat terrain.
* I placed 3rd in my division and #51 out of 215!
* All the men in their 70s were faster than me... LMAO!
* The 2 top male finishers were in their 30s and the two top women were in their 40s - INSPIRING!
* I couldn't stop smiling. I felt very special when their photographer took lots of pics of me running. :):):)
* This race was a true MILESTONE. I now know that running is my sport and fitness takes a real part of my life.
* I'm debating whether or not to do another 5k in December...
* It was just FOUR months ago that I could barely walk for 30 minutes, let alone run anywhere!