Whew, this weekend was busy! Saturday morning started bright and early around 6am for a little pre-race fueling. For the past 3 races I have done (which were a 5k and two 8k’s) I had 2 pieces of toast with peanut butter and half a banana sliced on top, but I kept cramping up during the race and I thought maybe that was the cause. So this time I went a little lighter with half a banana with a little PB and a rice cake with a little PB on top! I still cramped up a little around mile 2 but it was nothing like it usually is. I think my body really prefers running on just about empty, but I knew I would never have the energy for that distance on nothing!
It was raining all morning and went through periods of drizzling and light rain throughout the race. I was dreading it at first but it ended up being a nice cool down I went into this race with no expectations except to finish, however, in the back of my mind I REALLY really really wanted to finish in under an hour, which was my original goal before my training plan got a little out of whack the last two weeks.
AND I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!! I was on cloud nine for the rest of the weekend! The race was ALL hills but I somehow caught a burst of energy around mile 4 and it was amazing. I honestly almost enjoyed (?!!?!?!?) the hills. I felt SO strong and accomplished throughout the entire race because it was just constant hills. I kept repeating to myself that the easy things in life never feel as good as really pushing yourself. And push I did
Mile 1- 9:47
Mile 2- 10:04
Mile 3- 9:43
Mile 4- 9:35
Mile 5- 8:45 <—um, what!??!
Last .2- 1:37
After the race there was a ton of free Chick-Fil-A which I gobbled up and some other awesome things to do at the race! My family and I stuck around for a while to just hang out then I ran home to shower and picked up my sister for our art class! It was a water color painting class and it was really fun! By the time I got home I collapsed in my bed. Between all the driving, the rain, and hurrying to and from activities I was spent! The rest of the weekend was filled with rest, stretching, foam rolling, and eating yummy food! Froyo was had twice, sweet potato pancakes were Sunday morning breakfast, and calzones from Moonlight Pizza were dinner tonight! Needless to say I’m ready to get back to healthy eating tomorrow morning. I’m also going to a new yoga studio tomorrow because my entire body has been s-o-r-e today and I think a little gentle yoga is just what I need. I’m taking this week off from running and keeping things light for the first few days of the week, then tackling some bootcamp workouts and cross training later this week!
Have you ever taken any yoga classes? Do you like them? I’ve only taken one or two yoga classes at the gym at my school, so I’m excited to try something new!