Oh goodness what a race! I normally hate to race this late in May, but was persuaded by the free entry to the waterpark that usually costs $29 dollars to enter. Race registration was $13 dollars for the run, t-shirt, and waterpark, so heck ya I’m there!
I would like to know how we can go from BEAUTIFUL non humid, but warm, weather to scorching hot and humid in 7 days? GAH!!!
Ok, so here we go….
The night before the race we made a big boo boo by stuffing our faces at a casino buffet with my parents. Clearly, I didn’t think this thing through and knew it was going to hurt us the next morning. We rolled out of bed at 6, and I was already SO not feeling it. We headed to the race and stepped out of the car…Oh. my. gosh. I started to INSTANTLY sweat and couldn’t breathe from the humidity. I checked the weather on my phone…it was 87 degrees with 94% humidity, and sunny. Awesome. I already felt yucky from all the bad food, and now I was sweating in the hot sun before the race even started. This was NOT going to go well!
The gun went off, and I took off. I did a better job of not starting out too fast this time, I think my first mile was around 8:45. I felt like I never really warmed up or got in a groove. My legs felt so heavy, and my lungs felt like they were filling with water, and I couldn’t get a good full breathe. I made it to the turn around and got some water and dumped most of it on my head. I had been keeping up with an older man, one step behind/beside him for the whole race. When we hit mile 2.5, I just couldn’t keep up anymore. I was cramping so badly and had to walk for a second. he turned around and motioned for me to come on, I gave him the thumbs up and told him to go on ahead. At this point I pretty much lost motivation. I just didn’t care anymore and wanted to be done. I kept a slow jog after that, and finally saw the finish line
I did manage to pass someone right at the end, but had that awful “I’m going to vomit” feeling the last mile of the race. Oh boy I hate that feeling!
Bobby, keep your day job. Photography isn’t your thing.
I crossed the finish line in 29:29 says my Garmin. There were 360 people running, so I started a few seconds back. (No timing chips)
I was SO happy to be done! I was literally covered in sweat from head to toe. Misery!
Bobby took this RIGHT after I finished.
Don’t you like how good I am at putting my race bib on straight? awesome. The face says it all, people.
We got a towel from the car so I could dry off, it was like I had just gotten out of a swimming pool. Yuck. Bobby said he felt awful from the get go as well, and ran over a minute slower than last week also. Wew ere a pathetic pair. When we got back to the car he felt like he was going to throw up, and he had to sit down. I had a picture of him, but for some stupid reason when I sent the pictures to my e mail they didn’t come out, and I deleted the pics from my phone gggrr….
We got our swimsuits etc. out of the car and headed into the waterpark to change and get some refreshments they had for us before the awards were handed out. As we were walking out of the parking lot there was some poor girl about my age puking her guts out. It was that hot and humid folks. No one was handling it well!
When I changed clothes my shirt was so wet I literally could wring it out and water dripped off. SO gross! We got some fruit and Gatorade and waited for awards. Out of 360 people, Bobby came in 77th, and I came in 126th. I was 5th in my age group. Of course the girls who were 1st and 2nd were 2nd and 3rd female overall, running in 21 and 22 minutes. I didn’t have a chance ha! But, the winner of my age group won last week with a time of 19 something and she ran a 21 something so it looks like everyone was a couple minutes slower today, which made me feel a little better!
I already posted about the waterpark on Saturday, so all in all it was a good day. Not exactly how I had hoped the race would turn out, but it used to be a “bad/slow/hot” race for me was 32-33 minutes, and now its 29:30, so I will chalk that up to improvement and be happy with it!
QOTD: Do you run races when it’s really hot out? I GENERALLY don’t race June-August, unless it’s something really special or just for fun, not trying to “race.”