I wimped out of a 10K this morning because of the projected heat. I hadn't mentioned it on my blog which was wimping out before even wimping out-ha! I'm not entirely sorry I didn't run because I wasn't in the right place with it anyway. I'm quite certain I would not have had a good race today. For me to race well, I need to feel confident, excited, motivated....not tired, scared, and reluctant and I just couldn't shake this yuck (somewhat brought on by my EXTREME distaste for racing in heat)....I'm still learning to grasp the concept that races can be run and serve a BIG purpose even when they are not PR attempts. Tough conditions produce tough runners-right?? I know this, I just don't like to accept it. I've got to swallow my pride and get over myself...In fact, I'm going to make myself a challenge here....I'm not usually one to back down from a challenge...Babble babble
Moving on....I assumed my 10 year old daughter Reese might also want to wimp out (5k) since she had just run a mother of a heat race on the 4th of July (which was a bit of a disappointment for her) but NO, she's tougher than mom!
87 degrees, heat index 99, 94% humidity by 8:00 am (race start at 9). I had the patio door open in my kitchen overnight and the hardwood floor was soaking wet from all the humidity in the air. I wiped out walking to get the cereal out of the cupboard.
Took this picture before leaving the house. You can see how thick the air is. I could hardly breath. Drove to the race with Reese and Max and started my "mom" speech trying to prep my little peanut for the possibility of this not being the "best" race. Add to the fact, she has not run one time since July 4th with a busy summer schedule!(Yes, I need to mow my lawn)
This is Reese a few minutes before the start. Small town race starting and finishing on the track. 5K/10K start together and I think maybe 100 runners total. My friend Heidi is behind her in the light blue tank. She runs a 2:54 marathon which is not even her specialty yet! She is also a totally ripped, freakin' machine and the most beautiful runner I've ever seen. Skipping running today to just watch her along the course was worth it!!
Coming off the track after the opening lap!
Poor Reese! All by her lonesome by this point!! Hard to run without anyone pushing you on either side. I was able to catch her on my bike throughout the race which was fun!!
I love this picture. She is so HOT and just sweating bullets and poor baby still has like .75 miles to go!!
Coming up to the track to finish. My vehicle is the one with the lights on. I left it parked there since Max was throwing up in the back seat. As she ran by he stuck his hand out the window and she ran over and gave him a high five! God, I love my kids!!
Hot sweaty mess but finally done!!
Heidi winning the 10K by a mile even though it was just part of a regular workout for her, not a race. I think 38 something-not bad for a fun run! She WILL run 2:50 in Chicago. NICE legs:)
First place in my age group was 47 something.....I tell you EVERY race I don't run ends up like this.
I was SO proud of Reese for this race. I was like a spectator cheater and handed her a wet frozen washcloth at like mile 2. She wrapped it around the back of her neck and just kept pushing forward. She pulled out a massive kick on the track and finished 4 seconds short of a PR according to my watch which was set with the gun. 23min. They had a bit of a finish clock malfunction as it didn't start with the gun or something and they had to start it at 1 minute elapsed or something odd and they were still working on adjusting times. For now, I'm going by my watch which is fantastic considering the conditions out there!! SO happy for her and really a good confidence builder as she beat a girl by over a minute who had beaten her the race before. Reese TOTALLY remembers these things and I LOVE it!!
I am working on my answers for my Q and A post. I think I will have to make more than one post to get through these! Ask until Monday and then I will close up and try to finish my responses!
Have a great weekend everyone! I'm heading out for 18-my longest since the marathon tomorrow morning. I'm hoping to be running by around 5 am to beat at least the blazing sun. This whole week projected to be 90's and sunny. I'm almost thankful to be in air conditioning at work every day!!