The Race - The Fear - The Body Electric

Friday, October 14, 2011

"Be not ashamed women, your privilege encloses the rest, and is the
exit of the rest,
You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul."

- from I Sing The Body Electric, Walt Whitman

Tomorrow is my first ever official 5K race

There is a core fear part of me that doesn't want to go - that doesn't want to run in front of people - a part of me that feels kind of silly to even try this - that part of me wants to stay home tomorrow

There is another part - the wimpy girl - who says 49 degrees at race start is too cold (she ignores things like the fact this is a Fall Frolic - and the fact that the body tends to warm after exercise) - she is also the one that stresses over the fact that I am battling a cold, but I did the "neck check" and I passed, so no worries there

And of course (of course!) - my beautiful body electric has decided to become this perfectly timed machine - why?!? - after so many years of betraying me and letting me down - and even after giving me hope last month by extending the length of the last visit

Racer ladies, how do you handle this - especially if you have very heavy cycles?
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  • no profile photo CD5983865
    OK, first off. I ran a race on New Years Day 3 years ago and it was -30 degree wind chill factor (and on the seacoast!!!). Driving back from the race my friend and I notice that the ski slopes were closed because of a weather advisory so...NO EXCUSES! If you are from that area you are used to a chilly fall morning!!! More the reason to run! emoticon

    Secondly, the last thing you do before a race should be pee, so with your Ultra tampon by your side (you get what I mean) you should be fine for the 1/2 hour-hr that it takes to complete the race. I also recommended wear black pants. Get to the race 1/2 hr early if it is a well attended race so you can make sure to do the bathroom stop...before you start! I'm really not "yelling" at you I'm just really excited and hope I help with my suggestions.

    Good luck!!! emoticon
    3226 days ago
    You're going to do great! I've already mapped out my route and I'll be cheering you on from way down in TX!!! I have no advice on TOM, I may actually be having to deal with it tomorrow too, but as it would be the first day, it shouldn't be heavy. I would probably do what everyone here is saying, take some painkillers!
    3226 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9543726
    Go to your race. You can do this. I know how nervewracking it can be! The first time I ran and even the walkers were passing me up was just horrible! But by the end I was happy and I loved it. You can do it, and you'll feel great afterwards.

    As for the TOM...I say take a good big dose of ibuprofin ahead of time. Not only will it lull pain, but it stops your uterus from cramping and moving so much. I've never had to run duing the heavy part of TOM but that helps me in general. Good luck!
    3226 days ago
    I also have Mirena, so I haven't had to deal with TOM since before I got pregnant. I also always have had fairly easy TOM's, so I can't give much advice.
    You are going to do great!!!!!! Just have fun with it!!!!! I can't wait to hear how much fun you had!!!!:-)
    3226 days ago
    You ARE body electric..and I agree... just tell the voices of doubt that you are prepared, trained and ready for this. Remember that the glory lasts forever!!!
    You will be amazing!!!
    3226 days ago
    Lol mirena here too stopped it
    3226 days ago
    I used to have very heavy cycles. I ended up getting a Mirena IUD and that stopped all that nonsense. I wish I had done it years ago. But that's not really an option for you tomorrow, is it? My advice? Painkillers designed for period pain. I used one containing Co-Dydramol and that worked great for me, it was hell without.

    And tell that mean interior voice to shut it's piehole. I have every belief you can do it, I really do. Don't give up! Overcome! emoticon emoticon
    3226 days ago
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