Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Friday night was a rough night though. At around 1:30 am I woke up vomiting clear stuff. Ugh... even to think about it still makes me want to gag. It wasn't fun. I was up until 3:30ish, then must have finally fallen back asleep. I woke real tired and groggy. Suffice it to say I did not have my race day BuZzZz going. :(
Until the rough night, I was looking forward to this run because I had been making good progress and I wanted to see what I could pull off (even after a full week of 70.3 training). I tried to remain positive, knowing I didn't feel quite as badly. I knew I'd have to change my mindset and go for it. I headed out and saw some tri club friends there and that made me forget about how cruddy I was feeling, so that's a plus!
I had never been to this location before, so I was looking forward to running someplace new. The race started and ended in a park, but took you along Skyline Dr. out to the dike. I thought it humorous that they billed this race as a "..scenic run through Bay Street Park and along the waters of the Gulf. Feel the cool gulf breeze..." I'm here to tell you, there was nothing that resembled a breeze. It was terribly hot and humid... exactly how it's supposed to be on the Gulf Coast in June. Ugh!
I had a cup of coffee, tried to eat something before I left, but really couldn't. I drank a 32 oz. bottle of water from the time I got up until the race start. I stupidly didn't bring my own water bottle (there were water stops darn near every mile though) but they started running out of water on the back half -- even before all the fast people hit the last aid station, I heard!
On the start I took off with everyone. I got swept up in everyone's pace so I had a great first mile! LOL That always happens!! Miles 1 and 2 were great, with no walkbreaks... Mile 3 I took one quick one on a long uphill; so as to not to let my HR get away from me.
Then came Mile 4: I was overcome with that feeling of nausea. Gah! I tried to keep going but I think I took at least a full a minute walk through an aid station. By mile 5, I started to feel a little better, and mile 6 was only faster because there was long downhill and I could see the finish! LOL
Mile 1 11:46
Mile 2 13:24
Mile 3 13:27
Mile 4 14:35
Mile 5 13:30
Mile 6 12:50
So, while I know I can do better, I'm pretty pleased. I couldn't control being sick, but I certainly did have control over my own hydration and should have brought a bottle with me. My goal is to be able to run at a fast enough pace to make it from aid-station to aid-station for my next half marathon. I only want to carry a small bottle of nutrition. I hate the belt and I always find a way to ditch it!
But... even feeling sick and having issues at mile 4, I still PR'd my 10K time by 3 minutes with a 1:21