Sunday, March 23, 2014

Charlotte 10 Miler

I did everything "wrong" yesterday in preparation for this morning's race ... I drank (too) much beer; I ate a greasy cheeseburger with a side of fries; I stayed on my feet much too long during the day.

Things I did "right" ... I drank beer, ate a cheeseburger, and went to bed at 9:15pm.

Some things work for runners, others don't.  I've found that my best races are performed after a day/night of fun, ie. beer drinking.  I've usually PR'd and/or placed in my age group when I've eaten a cheeseburger the night before a race.  It's a scientific fact that cheeseburgers make me run faster.  I swear.  

Oh and I didn't try anything crazy this morning ... no coffee and no weird gummy energy chews.  I just stuck to a hand-full of gummy bears as my racing fuel and I think it worked.  

I was so close to skipping this morning's race.  I woke up 1 minute before my alarm went off and I really wanted to go back to bed.  My stubbornness pushed me forward and I got dressed for the (rescheduled) Charlotte 10 Miler.  

I am so glad that I didn't skip this race.  I had been worried my knee would give me problems and that I wouldn't be able to finish.  I was worried that I hadn't run enough during the days leading up to the race.  I was worried that I would have stomach issues like I did during the Corporate Cup half marathon 2 weeks ago.

I guess I didn't have to worry too much because today's race went exactly how you want a good race to go.  I felt great the entire time ... well except for those stupid hills.  Damn you Charlotte and your abundance of hills.  I even had enough left in the tank for a push during the last mile where instead of pulling off to the side to puke, I raced to the finish line.  

Oh and unlike last year the weather was perfect.  high 40's and no rain.  Yahoo!

elapsed time - 1:23:00 

gender rank - 24

race rank - 88

3rd place in 30-34 females

Start 2 Finish put on an amazing race.  They are so professional and efficient with every aspect of the race.  

Love my coffee cup! It'll definitely be used and will go in the cabinet with the last coffee mug I won at a race. Now I need to win a couple of more times to have a set of 4 :)

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