Another disappointing race. Gahhh.
The 7 miler was Saturday. The weather was really nice. Lower 70s and humid but it was cloudy and grey. The weather didn’t bother me, I don’t think. The whole first half of the race was good for me. I felt good, I felt a little slow but figured that I could make it up the 2nd half. The first mile was up the hill and in the sardine can, so it was 7:20 or so. Some years this first mile has been above 8, but this year I started further up in the corral. The second mile was probably around 645. Third mile is a little hilly but I managed to cross in like 21:10, so I figured I was right on for a 7 min mile race. The half way point I was 24:45 I think? So I made my goal to finish in under 50.
Shortly after the turnaround I felt horrible. I got nauseous and even a little dizzy. From there it was all downhill. I thought about stopping to walk several times. I was well fueld and hydrated so it wasn’t that. I think the humidity got to me? I googled some stuff and read about how the humidity diverts blood flow to your skin so if you have a lot in your stomach- especially protein- it can make you nauseous. So maybe it was that? Ugh so annoying. I struggled and felt a little better after the 5th mile but didn’t have much in me. My stomach was still crampy. The final downhill I was fighting it and should have been letting myself go. The final sprint I still had a rock in my belly. Finished in 50:46 which is just 4 seconds last year when I did almost no speed work.
The rest of the day I just tried not to think about the race because I was so disappointed. Maybe I am just too old to be racing? Maybe marathon training is too much for me? Anyways, I am trying to have a better attitude and look forward to the next race but I will worry about eating the right thing and resting and so on. Not sure what the next race will be. Still haven’t registered for the marathon yet either. I have my first 20 miler later this week. Yikes.