I did it!
So after a work day that lasted until 2am my darling Dizzle jumped in a cab with me and at 6:15 am we made our way to the 10K! I wasn’t even nervous, I was just shocked that my boyfriend opted, CHOSE to come with me because he wanted to watch and be there when I finished the race 🙂 He’d also thought ahead and brought me sports water to down at 2am.
Who knew that running on a road in a swarm of women not talking to each other could be such an awesome experience. In hindsight it seemed to go so quickly! I didn’t run as fast I would have liked. but I wasn’t sure how I’d make it to the end or how tired I’d get. I trained on my own and relied on my nike band (uncalibrated) to judge distance. I was having a great time, it’s like meditation, people were passing me right and left but I was focused on keeping my own pace. I’m a slow and steady kind of person.
About 5k I started thinking, I’m glad I’m halfway through, I’m starting to get a little tired. Then at the 6k marker I rounded a corner and I spotted D in his beanie, I got a little extra pep in my step! I waved and flashed him a shit eating grin. He snapped the picture below.
At 8k my legs hurt, i picked up my pace slightly, well, I focused on striding longer and that felt good, but I knew I was nearly done. On my nike band I realized looking down at it that it was a mile off. So in my training every time I thought I’d run 3 miles I’d really only run 2, and so on. so in light of that I’d never run more then 5 miles. I’d been running between 2 and 4 mostly. eeegad. But the fatigue, and lets face it, the lack of food and hydration started to give me a prickly exciting feeling. I got goose bumps and pushed a little harder.
At 9K I wanted to be done. My hip joints were aching and I felt really dehydrated. So I tried to stride longer and faster. and then I saw the finish line and I picked up the pace and passed like 5 people, eye on the line, trying really hard not to trip. I raised my arms and then as soon as I hit the other side a wave of naseau washed over me and my vision blurred. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t scared. I walked with jelly legs over to receive my sports water and then looked for D.
After that I was feeling amazing! D took me to my favorite breakfast place (STARBUCKS!!!) and then home to shower. I had a tumbling audition that afternoon and I was a little nervous so I didn’t want to relax too much.
All in all it was a fantastic experience. I’ll definitely race again. and definitely calibrate my nike band so I can train properly.
However I did get progressively more sick as the day went on yesterday. Burning in my chest and a head cold crept up on me and when I woke up this morning not only are my legs really sore (embarassingly!) but my head and chest are all congested. I had a fever and the chills so I went back to bed and woke up at 3 today in a sweat. I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that I pushed my body after a weak of low sleep and poor nutrition.
so while I was supposed to work out today I took the day off. I ate breakfast and went back to bed. I’ve been drinking medicinal tea. now I’ve got a rehearsal for stilt walking but after that I’m resting and most likely sleeping in again tomorrow.