Tuesday, June 01, 2010
This weekend I ran my first long distance race. It was an interesting one. I learned all about bathroom stops and the race was closed due to the weather when I was almost freaking done! Ahhh but I ran 10 miles :)
I've been running consistently for over a year now, but I have yet to do a distance any longer than a 5k for a race. There's a lot more to think about and prepare for in a long distance race. I can pretty much go out and run 3 miles whenever, even on a bad day. But 10? 10 I can barely accomplish on a good day. I was nervous.
Luckily I was surrounded by FIVE friends at the start! 3 girls from my training program and a couple of other friends. It made the first few miles much better until we gradually lost one another.
So, one of my biggest fears with a long distance race was always "what if I have to poop?" haha. Sorry if that's TMI. I always worried about ya know, not being able to go, not being able to get to a bathroom quick enough, having it take 20 minutes or something. Anyway... it happened. And it was totally fine. It sucked to waste the time having to stop and wait in line. It sucked that I did not meet my under 2 hours goal as a result. BUT I'm glad it happened so that no more anxiety built surrounding the issue. So I know it's just not the end of the world.
The other thing that affected my time was the weather. They actually CLOSED the race It started out pretty gorgeous. The race was early, it was probably in the upper 60's-low 70's already. When I got to mile 9 they were announcing that the race was closed. The alert level was very high: extremely dangerous conditions. At mile 9 there was some guy with a megaphone announcing this and instructing everyone to walk. So I started walking, all pissed off and worried I wasn't gonna get my finishing medal. It was hot sure, but not humid. It wasn't CLOSE THE RACE bad, wimps! Probably just a liability thing.
Anyway, no one else seemed to be stopping so I started running again. I was almost finished! I was gonna see it through. I still got to finish my race on the 50 yard line of soldier field. I still got my medal. My chip timing still recorded. As far as I'm concerned that race was not closed! I finished and I was very proud of myself for doing it. And also I biked 5 miles to and from the race. Sooo a very active Saturday all in all!
Can't wait for the half marathon in August!!
pictures of me from the race taken by the professional photographers they had throughout the course - http://www.brightroom.com/view
bad pictures!! Need to lose weight!