Marathon Race Don’ts…
Let’s back up really fast because I also have to share my 2 major fails before the race:
1. My arm has been randomly hurting so I got a massage yesterday afternoon. It was a super last minute walk-in kinda thing.
2. I didn’t have my usual go-to carb-loading food (rice with tons of soy sauce). But I figured I just needed to EAT ALL THE CARBS. So, I had a sweet potato with dinner.
And this is why the #1 rule of race day is (say it with me):
Never try anything new on race day!
Well, now we can add “Never try anything new the night before race day.”
1a.) My arms and shoulders ached the whole second half of the race.
2a.) I had some stomach issues. Thankfully Denny’s saved the day on the way to the race. And luckily I didn’t have to stop during the race. But yeah, my stomach hurt.
Okay, back up again to 3:30am this morning.
This is your local Monican:
All my race day stuff was set out except my bib. Luckily the race allows you to pick up your race # on race morning because it’s a far drive!
I got to the race with plenty of time to pick up the bib, hit the restrooms, take a picture and get to the starting line.
A.) Loved the course. It’s flat and this year it wasn’t as windy as last year. (This course has a reputation for being windy.)
B.) I couldn’t get my body in the game. It took me until mile 12 to get in a rhythm.
C.) I love the out and back parts because it helps me to keep going when I tell other runners “good job” and/or they tell me something positive. It’s a small race too so I feel like it’s nice to see someone twice and wave.
Camarillo Marathon: 3:56:43
And I even ran into Donna and Ian after the race! I met them in LB back in the day (read: last year) so we’re buddies now (read: not sure if they know they’re my friends).
Ian took this picture of me crossing the finish line!
First marathon of 2015 done and done! I am happy to cross it off the list.
Then, I headed straight to my fam’s house for a shower and food. Actually post-shower I put my legs up for a few.
And for the rest of the day I was in the kitchen. I basically just pulled up a chair to the fridge…
Question: Did you have a treat today? What was it?