Leading up the race, I knew the weather was going to be on the chilly side. I had done a couple runs during the week and became accustomed to using the zipper of my hoodie to control by body temperature. I had all planned out what clothing to wear and had a vague idea of what time I could realistically accomplish the distance based off of my half-marathon time. The morning of the race, I got in my car after packing all possibly necessary amenities and was off. After getting lost for a short period of time due to not knowing the area where the race was hosted, I did finally find a place to park (any race close to the city = street parking). When I stepped out of my car, the air didn't feel as cool as I expected to which I figured I could get away with just wearing my tech hoodie.
I made my way a few blocks over to the registration table to pick up my race packet, shirt, and (surprise!) a drawstring bag. I love when I get useful swag from races! Anyway, I began my warm-up, but oddly couldn't seem to get my muscles engaged. It didn't matter if I jogged for a bit, performed some dynamic stretches or just stretched statically. While I was mentally ready for the race, my legs just didn't seem to want to work.
The time I had was an improvement from what I had run during my half-marathon a month before, but it was a few minutes off from what I was able to do in high school and college. Though disappointed, I keep reminding myself that I have to recognize what my capabilities are now and not what they had once been. In time, I hope to return to the pace I was able to run, but to rush it will only lead to injury. I have also become a firm believer in the "runner's high, because what I have found is that the longer I run, the faster I go. Even during my normal runs, I feel my best when I reach mile 3 or 4. Maybe this is a sign I should consider taking part in longer racers....
I'm now setting my sights on a Turkey Trot at the end of November and a Christmas-themed race in December. Maybe my body will be more in tune with those events - we shall see!
Find my full review of the race on BibRave.