I’d been looking forward to this race for many reasons. 1.) It was in my neighborhood. 2.) I couldn’t run last year due to injury. 3.) First race back after Cleveland Marathon/Norovirus.
After getting my packet, I went for 1.5 mile warm up run. However, as soon as I started running I was having stomach cramps. I barely made it a mile and decided that was good enough. I’ve had stomach cramps while warming up before and usually they go away by the time the race starts. Saturday they did not. I decided I would do what I could but wasn’t holding my breath for a PR.
The race started, I fumbled with my garmin (it was on the wrong screen!) and within the first minute I took the lead for the women. WooHoo! Before the first mile, I could feel the stomach cramps coming back on and I would have to slow my pace.
Just before mile 1 I lost the lead. I was passed by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 girls and my friend Ben who was pushing his son in a stroller. What’s funny is I can remember what each of the girls were wearing. Probably because I was hoping to catch them.
At the turn around I had already dipped down into my marathon running pace. There was nothing in the tank. It was very humid day and I had tired legs from earlier in the week but still expected to race better than I was.
I eventually caught the girl who was in 5th and was hoping to stay ahead of her the rest of the race.
I ended up the 5th overall female…but only by 4 seconds. Afterwards I was so tired I didn’t even cooldown, I went for a walk and I was done for the day. I stuck around for awards and even though I was not happy with my time (23:44), I was still 1st in my age group.
Little did I know, the next day I woke up with some horrible virus! Now wonder I was so tired and having a hard time running. I was coming down with something and didn’t know it yet. I battled a horrible sore throat all day Sunday and then could barely get out of bed Monday.
I’m finally feeling better now but not 100% yet but I think I am done being sick for the year. I’ve got races to run, a marathon to train for and a wedding to finish planning!