1:40am - little man woke up crying - fed him
3:00am - little girl woke up crying - I went in and rubbed her back until she started to fall asleep
4:30am- little girl up again - told hubby to deal with it, he slept with her
4:44am - little man woke up again crying - fed him
5:30am - alarm went off
Awesome night sleep!
Race started at 7:30am. My corral (B), started at 7:35am. I was off and feeling good. I put my Garmin VP at 8:13 minute miles, and really tried to stay close to that the first couple miles (I tend to go out too fast). Mile 1 - 8:07 minutes, not bad. After the first mile, I was already sweating, which is never a good sign considering I am not a big sweater (although I had been chugging water all week to make sure I was properly hydrated). I knew the conditions were not ideal at this point. I don't feel like the heat has ever been a huge factor for me, so I don't know if my body has changed since having babies (it can), or if it's because I am getting older, or if it was just too hot and I finally noticed it. Either way, I knew I was in trouble. For the past 2 years, it was 66 degrees at the start of the race. This year - 7 degrees warmer (73 for those of you who are bad at math).
The first 3 miles are very flat. I didn't have much of a problem holding my pace. At the end of mile 3 is where the first big hill starts.
Mile 4 includes cardiac hill. I felt very prepared for Cardiac Hill since I had been running in the heat on a hilly course with the jogging stroller, but I wasn't happy with them.
Mile 5 my back started hurting. 2 possible explanations.
- Poor posture due to the fact that I am constantly bending over to pick up the little guy.
- Lack of ab muscles causing me to have bad posture. (I have started trying to do more abs since).
Once I hit 19th street, I was feeling ok. I knew the hills were out of the way, and I was near the finish (course map). I turned onto 10th street and tried to give it my all. It wasn't my legs that couldn't do it though, it was my lungs (did I mention a smog alert and very heavy humidity). As I was approaching the finish, no one around me was really pushing it. I had to bob and weave around people at the end. I was so surprised more people weren't sprinting to the finish.
I clocked in at 52:23 and my Garmin said it was 6.31 miles so my pace was 8:18, not quite as fast as I was hoping, but I was pretty happy with it.
Everyone else with me started later, so I went around and collected tons of freebies. When you finish that early, people are just throwing things at you. I had my water and then tried a 16oz. sample of Muscle Milk Light. Pretty good, but I am trying to limit my dairy, so I probably won't be buying any of those in the near future (and it's pretty expensive too).
Finally got to my friends and hubby and we went back home and I hosted the race brunch afterwards.
All in all, not a bad way to spend the 4th.
Did you race? Any tips for me?