I mentioned before that with the ankle set back, there will be no April marathon. It’s just not smart.
Instead, I’m trying to stave off disappointment with several shorter races and virtual races the next few weeks. So, first up was Ali’s Spatula Race:
Unfortunately, it didn’t go as smoothly as I had planned.
So here’s what NOT to do before your next 10k:
1) Do not race on your planned rest day- I’m not sure what I was thinking… I had planned to run it Saturday morning, after resting my tired legs on Friday. But for some reason Friday night, I thought it made sense to get it done.
2) Do not race in the evening when you’re a morning runner- Just because I occasionally get a second wind in the evening, does not mean it’s guaranteed to happen.
3) Do not fill up with as much fiber as you can find, including lots of beans, cabbage, dried fruit and popcorn- Oops. I know better, but as I was eating all day, I wasn’t planning to run that evening.
4) Do not race on a full stomach that includes unfamiliar food from a dinner out- For my husband’s birthday weekend, we went to a Jamaican restaurant Friday night.
Ugh, it was a rough run.
I gave myself a couple hours to digest dinner (it was an early dinner, with L along) and headed out. The first mile felt okay, and I kept expecting to find my stride and start feeling strong, but it never happened. By mile 2, my stomach was cramping and sending me some warning signs. I chose to ignore them and kept pushing.
At mile 3, I considered stopping and trying again another day. But racing the 10k distance is not fun, and I forced myself to finish and get it over with, knowing I’d be happy to have it done.
I pushed through those final miles at what felt like a much harder effort than the first few, despite my pace actually slowing down.
I finally hit 6 miles, and tried to push for the final two-tenths. As soon as I stopped my watch, my stomach began revolting. I dashed behind the first tree I could find. Thank goodness it was dark…that’s all I’ll say about that.
Overall, not a terrible run, but not my strongest and certainly not a very fun one!
Ali is also doing a “Running with Spatulas” photo contest, so I need to submit a photo. The first round of pictures didn’t turn out (couldn’t see the spatulas) so I tried again with L last night. What do you think… A or B?
Is anyone else participating in this race? And, if you’re up for sharing, have you ever had to dash behind a tree? 🙂