Location: Hoff Park, Westerville, OH
Distance: 3.1 miles
Gimmick: Fourth of July race to benefit the Rotary Club (not that I actually know what that is).
I did not like this race. A lot of the problem was the heat and humidity, which just about took me out, but I also didn’t love the course. It had a lot of uphill and felt a little understaffed at some of the turns. The drivers seemed confused about what was going on and it made me nervous, especially with all the kids on the course. Also, I watched a guy puke, which was kinda gross.
I managed to roll out of bed, although my abs, legs, and triceps are still sore from my various strength training workouts from my Strong Body by Rebecca Cyber Training Plans. I was a little apprehensive that the race started at 8 AM when the weather is this hot. This race counts for Race Club 2011, so I needed to do it, but I’m honestly a little burnt out on the 5k’s.
We found the race with no problem (for once) and immediately met up with Judi in the parking lot. We walked over what turned out to be the end of the race course to get to the start line where we met up with everyone else.
We hauled on over to the start line (the guy with the microphone was getting very impatient with those of us still screwing around) and got in line at the back. That was a mistake considering how many walkers this race had. Also, the walkers lined up somewhere in the middle meaning we had to weave past gobs of them at the beginning because they were 2-3 abreast in the middle of the road. Not cool, walkers, not cool.
I stayed with the group for the first bit, but a few people were going to fast for me, so I slowed down with some of the others. I ended up alone around mile 1 because I was either going too fast or too slow. No big deal except that I was sure I was going to puke or pass out around mile 1.5-2 because of the heat. Did I mention I get heat exhaustion so easily all I have to do is think about being warm?
My skirt liner started to ride up really early (that doesn’t usually happen) and I started noticing chafing around mile 2 (I don’t usually notice chafing until I’m done running). A whole bunch of people saw me adjusting the liner, but the more I pulled on it, the more the bottom rolled up. I may have to reconsider racing in a skirt. This definitely affirms my conviction that the skirt is not for more than 4-5 miles.
I don’t know how I kept running. I took my sweet time walking through the water station, but otherwise, I was running. I did a 13 minute pace overall (12:30 the first mile and 11:40 the last 0.1), but I felt like I was crawling. In the last 0.25 miles or so, I got passed by a fat kid in sandals. That was an awesome self esteem boost.
I have gotten to the point where I see the mile 3 marker and speed up without knowing that I’m moving that much faster. My heart rate topped out at 194 bpm, but it didn’t quite occur to me that I was under a 12 minute pace. I was just so happy to be done with the race and went straight for the water. Post-race, I faked stretching (I didn’t feel well) and sat around gabbing for a while. The magical goose girl gave my husband a demo of her mad animal noise skills and it made his day.
Once I got home, I pretty much showered and crawled in bed. Even the 2 hour nap did not help the wannabe migraine I’ve been fighting all day. I get migraines from dehydration, so I’m assuming that’s the cause, but I’ve drunk so much water this week that I can’t understand how I got dehydrated. Either way, I’ve accomplished none of the tasks I set out for myself.
I think I technically did everything right. I hydrated, I ate a decent breakfast and I didn’t change anything (I guess I skipped my pre-race Starbucks, but that should have helped). My only thought is that I needed to drink more water yesterday and that maybe I should have used a Nuun before the race instead of water? Any suggestions?
Happy 4th of July everyone! What are you up to today? Anyone else race?