Well, my intentions were to have written this up either the day of the race or the day after, however, that didn't happen. I pretty much continued running after the race as I still had a Ladies Luncheon to attend at 1pm too. Eeek!
My usual race day/long run plan is to run, take an ice shower, put jammies on, drink juicer juice (1 beet, 1 carrot, 1 cuke, ginger and lemon) but that did not happen this time, although I did get my juicer juice in.
So, here's how the day went. I woke up at 4:30AM, my usual before a race. Need to eat, shower, let my body do what it needs to before a race and prepare. We were told by our pace group leader to be at the race site no later than 7am as the parking would probably be bad. I got there about 6:45AM and it was already bad by then....wow, 2500 runners all in one place at one time and not a big place at that. Walked up to the area where all the hoopla before a race goes on and met up with a few of my Dallas Galloway cronies. We stood around and talked and waited for others to show up and at that point I decided I'd better go potty. Well, gosh, I'm glad I did because there was not a long wait at all, but around 15 min. later, holy cow, the lines for the BFI's were as long as the lineup for the race start! Once we knew everyone that said they'd be there was there, we headed for the starting line. WOW, to many folks in one small place at one time!!!
Well, 7:30 AM came around and the race wasn't starting, then 7:45 came around still no movement, 7:55 and still no start and tons of unhappy, hot runners. This race is named, "Too Hot to Handle" for a reason. Finally, 8 AM and it's time to head out....of course, as always, with that many folks and no corrals, it takes a few minutes to get to the starting line depending on where you are standing. We take off and I run with a couple of my pace group buddies, Becky, Allison and Chuck. I continue on at a 2:1 interval with them and move ahead a bit in and out of the crowd, then finally around mile 4, I decide to pick up the pace as I feel strong and have a bit of a punch in my step. I say goodbye to Chuck and Becky and move on. At this point, I wished I'd brought my Nano, lately because I run with a group I don't listen to music but when you're all alone on the path to the finish, one needs that music for some more push. Oh well, my breathing was calm and I felt good. About mile 7.5, I meet up with some more Dallas Galloway folks from the pace group called the Burning Booties (they are one pace group ahead of my WWF-We Will Finish) and I ask if I can join them. Shorty says sure, we're doing a 1:1 interval and man, they were pushing it a bit but I liked it so I went with it. About mile 8.25, they decided they were going to take an extra walk break and I didn't want to do that. I was strong and wanted to keep running and decided not take any walk breaks for the rest of the race, which I found out later is okay with Galloway when you are in a race. So I ran "my" race for the last 1.33 miles and felt great to the end! Once I stopped, I almost didn't feel too good, almost felt drunk a bit, maybe that last bit of gas I had left was really all I had left. So I booked it to the water tent, drank 2 cups of water and then headed to the fruit tent for some ice cold watermelon...ahhhhh! Much better. I proceeded to wave a couple of my buds and then headed back to the car to continue the rest of my day.
Normally, the next thing I do is change into some dry clothes in my car and that is exactly what I did. OMG....I was soaked to the bone.
It felt nice to put some dry clothes on. Then I headed to the house to fix my juice, take a shower, then get in my jammies and take a rejuvenating nap....
, didn't get to do that...ugh! Drank the juicer juice, took the shower, but headed out the door to a Ladies Luncheon. By the time we arrived to the luncheon, I was famished and tired, but I continued on with a smile and had a good time karaokeing with the ladies for the afternoon, meanwhile thinking of my cool, soft bed and how I could be
...zzzzzzzz! Well, the afternoon turned out to be not so bad and I had fun.
I got home and did exactly what I knew I'd do, I missed those jammies so I put them on and sat my butt on the couch for the rest of the night.
Home Sweet Home!
Temp: 92 degrees and humid
Gun time: 1:56
Chip time: 1:53
Intervals - Started with 2:1, then went to 1:1 and then none
Avg. Min. per mile: 12:28
Avg. Heart Rate: 152 bpm
Max Min. per mile: 7:17(sprint to finish line)
Max Heart Rate: 189 bpm
Calories burned: 1112
Post race juice ingredients