For this race, I did exactly what you’re NOT supposed to do. Tried something new on race day. Changed it up and thought everything would be okay.
NOT THE CASE.
I believe that the secret to a good race is good nutrition. After enough of these races, you’d think I had this kind of shit dialed in. And normally I do. But in my haste to buy supplies for this race, I picked up a bag of caffeinated Sports Beans.
I’ve mentioned before that Sports Beans are like my magical power vitamins. They help me re-up my health and vitality points during the race. In my head. So I figured that the added goodness of caffeine would be a wonderful thing.
I was wrong.
Everything was okay up until about mile 10. I started feeling not so right. My stomach had some light cramping and I figured I was just getting hungry. I accidentally passed up water at the last aid station (I thought there was another one!) so in hindsight, I might have been suffering from a touch of dehydration.
All I know is that I bonked at mile 12. My legs kept going but I didn’t feel the same lightness and strength I had during the rest of the race. Sorority girls were passing me up and getting to the end felt like a real struggle.
(Also? Want to feel really shitty about your running? Have a young blond thing in a ‘Nachos Fest’ frat party t-shirt pass you and make it look easy? Oh to be in my 20′s again…)
I made it to the end of the race and I even managed a half-hearted sprint across the finish line. But damn if I didn’t have SEVERE stomach issues after the race. We’ll keep it at that.
Some good things…
- We rode our bikes to the race start. This was actually a totally awesome thing. As we passed the cars in the long slow line to get into Boulder Rez, we were loving every minute of our bike ride. Plus, I think it helped with flushing my legs after the run. Not that I wasn’t cursing on a few hills. We also got to the race start an hour early, giving us plenty of time to stretch and warm up.
- I didn’t get a kid’s song stuck in my head until mile 12. I was really afraid of this one.
- The race swag. A technical long-sleeve running shirt, a running hat and a pint glass? Thank you very much.
- My time! With chip time of 2:10:38, I actually PR’d this race. Which is awesome. Except that I had to ditch my husband at mile 3 to do it. (Love ya babe!)
- The weather. Gorgeous. Every time it almost got too warm, a cool breeze would keep the heat at bay. Really nice running conditions.
Some things that need work…
- Speaking of the timing chip, it was located in a weird place. We had to stick them on the back of the race number we were wearing. I’ve never had to do this before and while it didn’t bother me too much while running, it was a PITA to get off after the race was over. Like I almost fell over trying to get my chip off my bib.
- Overall race organization. We were told the wrong place to go for our bag drop-off, the race start was pushed back fifteen minutes while we waited for last-minute runners to register, there wasn’t any clear idea of where the water was once you crossed the finish line and the after-party felt like it wasn’t set up well. I knew where the beer tent was but the other post-race offerings were a little more scarce. Apparently, Evol burritos ran out of burritos later in the day. I would’ve been one pissed runner if there was no food to be had when I finished the race.
Some things that completely failed…
- My new Sports Beans flavor. Enough said.
All in all, a good race and an even better reminder to take your nutrition seriously on race day. And for the love of all that is holy, don’t try something new. Stick with what works.
(Also, I realize that there are pictures of me drinking beer and kissing my husband and posing foolishly, but no pictures of me running the race. Maybe when they’re available online, I’ll steal borrow a few and update this post.)
(But I promise I really ran it.)