Thanks for all your good luck wishes and listening to me bitch about my bad day! Now, on to something happier… a good race!
Can I just say how awesome it is to run a race 3 miles from your house? Although I had planned to ride my bike, the weather report predicted rain and we had to be home as soon as possible to go to Disneyland, so we drove. It was so weird to leave my house 45 minutes before the race started! I was panicking that somehow we would miss it, but we got there with plenty of time.
I snacked on a Luna bar in the car-
I didn’t think it was going to be enough, but it was actually the perfect fuel. At my last 5k, I made the mistake of binge eating the night before and eating a heavy bagel right before the race, and I felt like throwing up the whole time, so I learned my lesson. This is the first race I have ever run where I didn’t binge eat before or after!
We had some time to kill, so we walked around the school a little. Did I mention it was held at my old high school? I haven’t been back since I graduated (almost 4 years ago!) so it was really weird to be back. Not to mention that the hills behind the school now have a road in them, which is where the race was held.
Please excuse my puffy face and my whiter than white legs- they have not seen the light of day in a while 🙂 By the way- now that I have run in a running skirt, I will never go back to leggings! This was an awesome purchase.
Soon it was time to line up, and we were off. Not before I tripped over the starting mat, of course. Can you tell that I am laughing about what a dumbass I am? I think everyone else is too.
No sooner had we started than we were climbing up a hill. Remember how I said ‘the hills behind the school?’ Yeah, no joke. Major hills. Since I had never been back there before, I had no idea what I was in for. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but there are seriously no hills anywhere else in the city, so I’m not used to them at all! Every person I passed was making comments about how much they were hating the hills, so I didn’t feel so bad 🙂
I was really excited to listen to music during the race, and I had my phone with me to listen to Pandora (60’s folk station, holla) but it mysteriously stopped working two songs in. Ugh! At least the scenery was pretty. I was so distracted by the hills that I didn’t take any pictures, but the course was seriously beautiful.
My first mile was 8:16, which ended up being my overall pace. I’m really proud that I didn’t start out too fast, which was my downfall at my last race. My second mile was 8:34- that’s my ‘ohmygodthesehillsarekillingme’ pace. Before I knew it, I was at mile 2.5 and passing my sophomore year math teacher, who was volunteering. He was shouting ‘It’s all downhill from here!’ so I picked it up as fast as I could. By the way- it was not all downhill from there, but I forgive him 🙂
After one last climb, I could see the finish and sprinted as fast I could towards the end. My pace going down the last hill was 6:03, and I actually had to make myself slow down to avoid tripping and flying!
It’s impossible for me to do anything other than give the thumbs up when I’m running…
Official time- 25:36. I always stop my watch late 🙂
Post race snacks- does anything taste better than a banana after a race?
There was a raffle going on inside the gym, so we went inside in the hopes of winning an iPad. No joke, my sister has crazy luck with winning raffles, so we were actually hoping to win 🙂
It didn’t hurt that they were giving out burritos!! I thought they were Chipotle, so I saved it to eat later- it ended up being scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes. SO DELICIOUS.
I haven’t tried the pretzels yet- I’m more of a chocolate covered pretzel fan 🙂
Before the raffle, they had the awards ceremony. Guess who got first in her age group, sucka?
I could belittle my achievement and mention that they were only seven people in my age group, but I’m pretty proud regardless 🙂 Also, this was the first time that I was present for the awards ceremony, so I actually got a medal!
Almost beats winning an iPad…
All in all, it was a really good race. I was only one minute away from a PR (my current 5k PR is 24:32), and I was two seconds away from my last 5k time, which was a pretty flat course. I felt properly fueled- although I wasn’t properly hydrated- and although I’ve been neglecting speedwork lately, my legs and lungs felt a lot better than my last race.
Another great part of the race- although the ground was wet, the weather was clear, cool and sunny the whole race! It started to rain just as this picture was taken when we were leaving. Good timing!
We hurried home, showered, and then went to Disneyland! My aunt works for an airline, so she flew in from Phoenix to go with us. Her friend gave her four tickets, so we got to go for free!
It didn’t start raining until about 4, so the park was pretty empty.
I was naturally starving despite eating a huge bowl of yogurt on the way over, so lunch was much appreciated.
I split the enchiladas with my sister and took half of her burrito, and all four of us split the chocolate cake. OH MY GOD IT WAS GOOD. Later on in the day, I also ate a few chocolate chip cookies, the burrito I got after the race, and a huge bowl of dried cranberries / almonds / chocolate chips. It certainly wasn’t a binge, but I woke up still full!
Taken just as it started to rain. And then it started to pour!
We sought refuge in the best attraction.
Perfect way to end a great day 🙂
Have you ever been to Disneyland? What’s your favorite ride? I love Splash Mountain, but missed going on it this time. It’s closed for renovations!