This race can be summarized in one word: POOP.
Consider yourself warned!
I am a morning person through and through, so evening races and even late morning races are not my thing. The only evening race experience I have is a 5K that starts at 9 pm.
Race morning had me waking up at my usual 5 am to be at a fitness conference for 7:30, done at 11:30, 2 lectures, no workouts, no problem.
The first mishap happened at lunch. I now know why people don't eat pasta for breakfast the morning of a marathon..you need to DIGEST!
I was staying at my parent's house and mom bought that nasty white pasta with added fibre, and it just did not agree with me. Normally, I carb load the night before, and drink coffee pre race to clear out the tubes. On Saturday, I ate my pasta at lunch, and only had time for a short nap.
Mistake #2: this was yet another race where you had to take a bus to the start line, they tell you to come early, and end up having over an hour of sit around and do nothing before running. I don't do well sitting around doing nothing.
So, without getting into the nitty gritty...I had to stop *3* times during the race to poop! First time, I used my pantyliner to wipe, 2nd time, I went in a bathroom (totally filthy but at least there was TP) and 3rd time I just danced a jig.
There was also a 15K race that started an hour later, which meant that along the line, we got lapped by the 15K leaders. There was this guy who ran by...his legs were BROWN. Beth and I said, "OMG OMG OMG IS THAT WHAT I THINK IT IS?!?!!" and my thoughts about that were, "at least I managed to make it into the trees!" and "I wouldn't run behind that guy if you paid me a million dollars!"
The terrain was "mixed" to say the least, it included railway tracks, cracked asphalt, small gravel, large loose rocks, muddy potholes 3" deep, and rotting boardwalk.
We started in the back, I mean RIGHT in the back and I have never placed so poorly in a race...but we were conservative about pace and ran pretty much even splits - they were just slow...so we passed a bunch of badly fading people in the last kilometer or so.
And I lied in my status about 2 mosquito bites...it's more like 10, ALL OVER my upper body...including 4 in my armpit. How the HELL did that happen?!?!
Field Placement: 684 / 771 (88.7%)
Age group: 30 – 39
Group Placement: 119 / 139 (85.6%)
Gender Placement: 325 / 385 (84.4%)
Less than 5 weeks until marathon race day!
This Saturday is the goal 5K for my Learn to Run ladies who have come SO FAR! It is a nice, normal morning race, no shuttle bus or carb loading problems to be anticipated.
Goals for 5K:
Base: finish upright and smiling, avoid mosquitoes, cheer on my Learn to Run gals.
Stretch: sub 30 minutes
Reach: PR (current PR - 25:43)