Got up at 6:30 and it was already very hot outside: 85 degrees. Yikes....
I decided to skip on the coffee and just have more water and a small bowl of cereals because I was afraid the heat would make me sick even for a short run.
We got to the race and there was no shade to hide from the sun and I got hot really quick and long before the start of the race. Not good.
I never take my fuel belt for 5k races but this time I think I should have.
There lots of strollers and I remember last year the start was a mess so I decided to head closer to the front this year. Start of the race is on a fairly narrow street. I spotted Rebekah my babysitter, she could not get to me, too many people, she said she would catch up.
The start was crazy again this year. I don't understand why walkers line up IN FRONT of the runners! I had to pass many SLOW walkers before I could get into a good pace. That is very frustrating for a 5k. Walker should be at the back of the starting line!
Same thing for the stroller.
I had a good start. First mile went by quickly, I was feeling pretty good but I had some problems with my breathing because of my allergies. 2nd mile I was able to keep the same pace, I started feeling bad though; nausea,. chills, really dry mouth, I was sure dry heaves were next. I knew the last mile would be difficult: all up hill. I wanted to run the first 2 miles faster to "bank" some time. When I got to the hill, I wanted water so bad. It was really hot by then, over 90 and I was feeling it. I did slow down going up and I did not have a super strong finish.
No PR. But I did do a lot better (2:30 minutes off) than I did at the same race last year so I am happy.
Rebekah did catch up and she passed me. I never saw her though!
I had told her that when she sees me she needs to remember I am 16 years older than her and that will give her the motivation to pass me!!!
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO ALL MY AMERICAN FRIENDS!!!!