My first post injury race! Woke up at 6:30 to make some brekkie and coffee. I used to do the 1-minute muffin before races, then I moved to protein oats. I had those today. I skip eggs on race day.
This bowl had oats, pumpkin, 1/2 scoop whey protein isolate (plain), 1-1/2 tsp of molasses. Filling. This was about 2 hours pre race, so it could settle and pump up my glycogen stores.
I was a little concerned about this race because my back has been aching the last couple days, not sure why, but it isn’t really painful, so I decided to run. I also knew there was a small hill at the beginning of the race, and I have only done flat since hurting myself.
Not so great weather at first:
We met my sister there!!
And the characters were out.
This run benefits the Literacy Volunteers New York organization. Some participants dressed up as literary characters, and a lot of spectators did, so that was fun.
The rain stopped and I shed my jacket and just wore my trisuit. I am so glad because I was chilled to start, but was one sweaty lady by the time I finished.
I started off pretty good and found a nice pace to run. The first hill was not so bad, although my thigh was saying “what is this?” LOL. It was a short hill, though and flat until the last down hill. I always run faster in races than in training, and John and I were saying how part of it is crowd encouragement, a little adrenaline, and the ability to sort of pick off runners as you go through the race. As I approach someone, I will try to pass them and just go on doing that.
I was surprised that I was passing people towards the end. I felt quite good, and the aching in my back didn’t get any worse (yay!). My legs were fine. I am also always surprised at how many people run really fast, then stop and walk, then run really fast. You play leap frog with those people the whole race, you know?
I crossed the finish line in 32:40! That is way faster than I was thinking it was going to be. I was just hoping for under 35. Last year, I finished in 29:52, so not too far off the pace. I should be back sub 30 later this summer. 10-1/2 weeks ago I couldn’t even sit up and I am so thankful to be almost back to normal. Yay!!
John was Mr. Speedy at 26:30. He is very fast now.
Post race, I had 1/4 of an orange and then we stopped for the best bagels around at Uncommon Grounds!
This place roasts their own coffee, too. Check out this massive roaster.
Happy race participants.
(John is such a goof 😀 )
Unfortunately, I still have to work today, so while you are reading this (Sunday at any rate), I am hard at work. 😉