Last night I ran the Crystal City Twilighter 5k. It was a hellishly hot 100 degrees when I left my house to volunteer at the race. I spent two hours at the bag drop before the race, slowly sipping nuun out of my handheld. This, of course, necessitated two stops at the potties before I ran, but at least it meant I was hydrated. ;o)
For an incredibly hot day, there were a ton of people there…
Right before the race, I had a friend snap a picture of me. Notice how I was not dripping in sweat. Don’t worry, that changed the minute I started running. Hopefully the photographers got some pictures of that.
On my way to the start line, I ran into Katie from Run This Amazing Day! Her boyfriend snapped a picture of us, so hopefully she’ll post that. I lost her in the crowd and couldn’t find her at the end, so we didn’t get much of a chance to talk.
Mile 1: 9:09 – Oops. That was way faster than I meant to go. Remember, it was still close to 100 out there. I did get misted a bit and that helped, but I forgot to dump a water over my head at the water stop.
Mile 2: 8:53 – Really? I didn’t think I was going that fast. At the halfway point, we passed by the finish line and the first man had just finished. Color me jealous.
Mile 3: 9:35 – Yep, knew that was going to happen. I was dying. I was dripping sweat as I ran and barely able to keep my handheld on my hand. I wanted to walk desperately, but made myself keep going.
Mile .1: Garmin says I was going a 4:54 pace. I was flat out sprinting as I attempted to chic a guy and pass a fast looking girl (succeeded, by the way), but I doubt I was going that fast LOL.
I forgot to stop my watch, but Garmin says my overall pace was 9:09, but it also says I ran 3.22. Whatever.
I count this race as a success. I met all of my goals: I didn’t walk, I finished in under 30 minutes, and I didn’t puke. Yay!
I did, however, have a minor failure. I did not really like the Nathan handheld. I thought I had the strap tight, but my hand kept slipping out and I nearly dropped it a couple of times. I ended up putting my whole hand through it and wearing it on my wrist, which did work. I do like the bottle and I’ll definitely try it again with the strap tighter and when I’m not absolutely drenched in sweat and see if it works better.
I got home and hit the shower and then put Jones to bed. He told me “Eww, you smell like soap.” I think that was better than the alternative LOL.