I think if I were to describe how I felt during yesterday morning’s NYRR Mini 10K race in one word, it would be: “Ugh.”
I woke up to stomach troubles and made way to many trips to the bathroom in the one hour I had before it was time to leave for the race. I’ve also been suffering from a really severe flare-up of gastritis, which is kind of like an ulcer and basically means my stomach hurts all the time.
But enough of my medical troubles. I managed to get down a banana, Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffins (which are an amazing, amazing thing) and almond milk
I also tried to drink some Gatorade and water to fend off dehydration, and before I knew it I was off to run my 2 mile warm-up to the start.
When I got to the southern part of the park my stomach had settled a bit, I passed Kim Smith warming up (OMG) and finally started feeling psyched for the race. I’m a little on the fence on how I feel about women’s only races, but this one is special and I was feelin’ the girl power. Great speeches from Kathrine Switzer and Deena Kastor before the start pumped me up even more.
So the race. It was humid. Like super humid – I was a hot sweaty mess before mile 1 and the air was so soupy. I tried to stay confident and just keep a steady pace, which worked well until the monster hill after mile 3 at the northeastern corner of the park. Thankfully I spotted Megan and Jacqui, who were the most excellent cheerleaders and really gave me a much-needed pick up!
The last half of the race was pretty painful – my head was pounding, legs heavy, confidence down – but I just kept thinking about how much pain my great-grandma had been in before she passed away last week and that this was nothing. I really wanted to run this race for her, and even though I didn’t feel great or come close to PRing, I dug deep and got through some important mental hurdles.
NYRR says my official time was 48:59. Clearly I still need a ton of work running the tangents. After grabbing some water, a pear (free fruit!) and a medal, I ran about 4 miles along the bridle path to cool down and head home for 12 miles total for the day.
Confession: As I ran along the bridle path after the race, I saw Deena Kastor cooling down and said, “Hey Deena!” like we were BFFs. She graciously said hi back and kind of made my day.
An ice bath, Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter and some water were necessary when I got back home.
This race wiped me out, and all I wanted to do for the rest of the day was chill out. I ran some errands, read a book and tried to refuel with nutrient-packed foods.
Fresh cherries and Greek yogurt
Baked flounder, Russian red kale and sweet potato fries
While I’m not totally pleased with my performance during this race, I’m ok with the results. It wasn’t really my day to PR, and I’m proud that even though I was feeling crappy I pushed myself to finish strong. This is probably my last race for a while, so I’m planning an easy couple of weeks before I focus on NYC Marathon training (hooray!).
Question: Did you race this weekend? What are your summer running plans? I can’t wait for marathon training to start in July!