Monday, July 2, 2012

2nd 5k - Race Recap

This past Saturday I ran my second 5k in my home town at a local park.  I was not ready for this race I thought, all week long I kept trying to run and I was just not motivated.  I was hot or was really having mental fights with myself...just  not good over all! 

Friday came and I was trying to get ready for it.  I really wanted to make sure I was ready and was really trying to hydrate myself well because I didn't want to get dehydrated like I think I was the last time.  So I got my clothes laid out and was sucking down water like it was my job and was stretching a lot.  I really wanted to make sure that I was stretched out. 

Clothes all ready!
Woke up around 6:30ish Saturday morning, wanted to be wide awake for the race and make sure I had plenty of time to stretch again.  Ate a light breakfast.  I really didn't know what to do for breakfast because I normally don't run in the morning so I wasn't really sure what my stomach could handle.  Got ready and Miss H and I headed to Kristina's to meet up with her and to head to the race. 

Breakfast -  but only ended up eating the cantalope.

 Got to the race and got checked in but they had a hard time finding my goodie bag with my tshirt in it.  That was kind of frustrating but oh well.  This was an EXTREMELY small race.  Only around 180 runners I think.  I had pictures from the race but Miss H was on my phone this weekend and I think somehow they got deleted. 

The race was good, it had rained earlier that morning which was a good thing because it cooled things down some but it was still hot and humid!  Starting off I was doing ok, I really tried to go slower starting out this time than I did on the last 5k hoping that I would be able to go further.  I ran the entire first 1.5 miles and then walked while taking my water at the water station.  Caught my breath and took off again.  Then my mind really got to me.  I was fighting myself hard.  I probably ran the next 3/4s of a mile and then walked again to the water station, caught my breath and then I knew I only had 1 mile left and knew I could run it.  I pretty much ran the last mile straight.  Did take real short walking breaks but as soon as I would walk I would yell at myself to keep going.  I hit the 3 mile mark and took off sprinting. 

Kristina met me at the finish line and she pushed me to the end.  She let me know I was lower on my time than last time and pushed me hard.  It was hard and I was EXHAUSTED!  My legs were done!  I  finished in 36minutes and something but I was done and I did it!  I improved with was all that mattered!!!  I felt good. 

after race
Got some food and water and relaxed.  Found out we both won a door prize!  Benefit to being in a small race!  SCORE!!

Got home with Miss H and she of course went through my goodie bag right away. 

Miss H enjoying all the goodies she could find!
Showered and then iced my legs, my shins were hurting me and I was hoping to avoid being in pain for several days after running.  And I think it helped!  I was really only sore on Saturday and Sunday I was sore if I sat around for a while which is normal.  Much better healing time compared to last time!!!  I also think it helped that this was a morning run so I was up the rest of the day moving around and didn't go to sleep 3 hours after I finished running.  Only thing was I still got a headache about an hour after the race and I'm not really sure why.  I don't see how it is possible that I was dehydrated, I drank so much water the night before and drank 3 cups of water in the morning and 2 bottles of water after the race was over. 

Then we got ready and headed to my sisters Pampered Chef party and I was so excited when I tried on a pair of bermuda shorts and they fit perfect and were even kind of big in the waist!  I tried these on a month ago and they were WAAAAAY too tight!  NOTHING beats fitting into clothes that used to not fit! 

Afterwards we headed to the pool to enjoy the sunshine!!!  Hope you had a great weekend!!

Final Race results:

Have you ever heard of drinking Chocolate Milk after a race? 
 I was told that and read that somewhere and I think next time I'm going to have some ready to drink as soon as I get home!  Maybe that'll help with my headache issues after I run.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.