Happy April Fool's morning...so far today I haven't been punked...how about you?
Well, as you all know us 3cheaprunners headed to Hamilton on Saturday to participate in the 120th annual Around the Bay 30k race. Now let me back up a little. For the last 2 weeks I have been pretty sick, and last week by Wednesday night, I was actually getting worse, so I was able to get in and see the dr. again on Thursday morning...only to find out - I have strep throat...boo.
Well Sunday morning arrived, before we headed outside into the corrals, we were able to get a pic together
Since this was the furthest distance I was ever running, I had decided that I was going to do a walk/run for this race. So Mike set my watch for my intervals, 8min running and 1 min walking. Considering how I'd been feeling, I felt actually very good starting, and I started my run/walk intervals right from the very beginning, everything was going tickity-boo until about 6k at which point my knees started to really bother me. I was able to power through the pain until 11k, at which point my body just fell apart. I was in a lot of pain with my knees, and at that point my legs were really cramping - I'm sure due to the week leading up to the race - that I had. I was probably a little dehydrated going into the run. So at 11k I started my 19k (12 mile) walk...yes you read that right...after my body broke, I just physically could no longer run. When I first started walking there was a gentleman that was power walking, due to a foot injury that he had, so I tagged along with him for about 7k, at which point I could no longer maintain his pace, so I dropped back. By the time I reached 20k I mentally feel apart...and I think that was worse than my body falling apart. When I reached 22k I took my phone out and texted Mike
By this point not only was I cramping and experiencing knee pain, but at 15k this chaffing had happened
and the blisters had popped up (I'll spare you that pic)...which is why when I mentally fell apart it was so much worse...cause I still had 10k to get myself through...and did I mention 7 of the last 10k are pretty much ALL up hill...yeah fun times. To be honest with you at that point I didn't even care if I came in last place. I'd like to say I just put my head down and powered through, but it was certainly not that easy. At 5hrs and 9sec I finally crossed the finish line...but I finished...and it was not an easy accomplishment, so I am proud that I didn't give in to my mental struggle and quit.
I thought the course was actually pretty boring. I expected with a race title of Around the Bay, we would be running along the water for the better part of the course - but I couldn't have been more wrong. It was a lot of highway running, with factories and smoke stacks as our view.
I have really come to terms with the fact that I am just not built for long distance races...I think from now on I'll stick with 1/2 marathon and under distances. And preferably racing in good health and not sick.
On a final note
J wants to thank you all for the birthday wishes and let ya'll know he had a great party on Friday night!
Have you ever had a worst.race.ever? What happened?
Tell me something fun you did this weekend