There is nothing like running a race in a tutu. No seriously. It’s way too much fun!
Today I ran my first 8k, roughly around 5 miles total. It was a well organized and fabulous coarse in Brea and was celebrating its 21st year. And you can tell by how smoothly it’s run.
To prepare, I only ran the week before. No Body Pump and no Zumba. Just running. I upped my miles on the treadmill to 4 miles and I was getting it done in about 56 minutes. By Saturday I was feeling pretty good.
I also made sure my diet the day before included a lot of water and mostly carbs. It wasn’t easy, my body now craves lean protein and healthy fats but I knew my body would be better fueled with carbs. Lots of pasta, veggies, fruit and rice.
The morning of the race came swiftly. I was worried because I had struggled with allergies and asthma the night before so I popped an allergy pill and kept my emergency inhaler nearby. I lost some sleep but not enough to keep me away from the start line. Up I was at 6 am for my oatmeal and banana along with a few sips of an all natural energy drink.
I also made sure to NOT follow in my footsteps last race and I made sure I warmed up with a small jog and followed by stretching. All that effort paid off.
All hip pain kept at bay till around the 3rd mile. I also found myself able to push through and run more than walk. And I finished the race in 57:37. Now this was awesome because a) I wanted to come in under an hour (and I did) and b) I was running 4 miles in 56 minutes but today I ran 5 in 57! A mile more and only a minute longer!
My average pace was 5.2 miles per hour! Not bad! I’d definitely consider this race my best yet! And if that’s the case, my time can only improve!