Sunday morning I had my big 10k to race!
On Saturday night, Sam and I had a wedding to attend. (Uh oh?) One of Sam’s best buds from college and roomie post-college got married out in Powell, followed by a fun, barn-styled hoe-down reception! From the handmade vintage pennants hung from the enormous tent to the delicious candied popcorn and festival-styled cotton candy, it was certainly a joy to see the big day of such great friends come together!
Is going to a wedding the night before a big race a great idea? Dancing? Heavy food? Drinking? Certain doom or a great pre-race distraction?
I won’t go so far to say it was doom, but I wouldn’t say I had the best ‘pre-race’ dinner or preparation either. I sure had a fun night, though, so it was worth the risk! I tried some cornbread pudding, BBQ styled green beans, veggies, potato salad and watermelon at the reception. I also indulged in a glass of merlot followed by a blueberry lemonade spritzer, but I made sure to hydrate throughout the day. I should have passed on the last spritzer (too sweet and resulted in a belly ache)! The boys played corn hole, we danced some dances. It was the first time Sam and I could dance for the “married couples” dance! Despite all that I was home and in bed a bit after 11 p.m. Not too wild, I suppose, but I’m usually a grandma before races and like to be in bed by 10 p.m. or so.
I slept until about 7:00 a.m. (so still got my 8 hours…this girl needs her sleep!), hydrated with some powerade and snacked on belvita blueberry biscuits (those things are yum) before heading downtown. Had to park a bit away from the start, but this allowed for a nice warm-up jog and pre-race stretch. After the national anthem and initial start line-up, I got a little jittery and nervous, feeling like I should have prepared a bit more.
The race started at 9 a.m., so it was certainly heating up by that point. There was a nice breeze and I don’t think it hit higher than 77 or so, but I certainly was feeling the sunshine beating down! The course was around the Scioto river and downtown Columbus; nothing too hilly but not lots of shade.
I hit the first 5k in 19:49 and was feeling fly! I was worried I might go out a bit too fast (as I typically do for these ‘shorter’ races in fear that if I start off too slow, I won’t be able to pick up the pace), and I must say I did. My second 5k was a 21:41, resulting in a 41:25 overall. I need to refocus my energy in negative splits; the last two miles I was progressively passed by a total of 19 people, which is both mentally and physically taxing.
The best part of the race: the resulting sports bra tan lines! I got to sport my new Brooks Daily Inspire team gear, which was comfy and colorful. Also, one of my favorite parts was each of the three water stops, with the selfless volunteers, especially the cute little kids handing out Gatorade and high fives. Also the police stationed at every intersection, ensuring safety, was a great touch. My least favorite part: miles 4 and 5. I just felt a little ‘off’ and not very strong today. Some days you have it, and some days you don’t! I’d say my 10k was somewhere in between the two today!
Next up: something fun with Sam! Possibly a color run or glow run; we’ll see what I can convince him with, followed by the Johnnycake Jog in my good ole’ hometown and hoping to see some fellow Salties at that one!