After relaxing in the hot tub last night, I took a shower and put my hair in french braids. I love running in french braids because it keeps your hair completely out of your face and off your neck, and there is no ponytail bouncing around. With that taken care of, all I had to do when I woke up this morning was wash my face, brush my teeth, put some clothes on (and deodorant…who wants to be the stinky one before the race? HA!), and eat a little power breakfast.
Breakfast consisted of oatmeal, a piece of toast with peanut butter, a small cup of coffee, a few sips of Red Bull, and some water. Mmm mmm. I gathered my belongings, and everyone met at my apartment and off we went to the start line. Essentials: shoes with time chip, bib, chapstick, ID & cash (for post-race brunch) in saran wrap (so it didn’t get sweaty), watch, and apartment key in my shoe keyholder that attaches to my shoelaces. We had a little while before the race, which was nice because there was plenty of time to find the others we were meeting up with, stretch, and get ready to go. Finally, it was time to go, and although it was quite a cool morning it warmed up quickly as the sun came out and shined on us.
We crossed the start line, headed up a slight incline, and off we went through Redondo Beach. We ran through the city, down to the drive along the ocean for the second half of the run, had a downhill stretch followed by a good hill just past the 5-mile mark, then came in around the fisherman’s wharf and into the finish!
Just before the 5-mile mark I took off my long-sleeve since the sun was beating down, and tied it around my waist. Quite refreshing. I grabbed a cup from the last water station as I ran by and kicked it in. All in all, it was a great race. I probably could have pushed a bit harder at the end, but I didn’t realize quite how close I was to the end until I was there. I’m totally fine with it though, and happy with my 56:39 finish time which means I was just near a pace of 9:30/mile. Great way to start off the day! Post-race, everyone got two free beers at the beer garden however I only drank about half of my first one. Water is usually preferable after a run, but really a cold beverage in general was just fine. After everyone finished and we hung out for a little while, we headed over to CJ’s Pantry for a delicious brunch and good times.
Today’s run even allowed me some time to think about good things to post about on here. I have a few upcoming entries that I think will be enjoyable to write and hopefully enjoyable for you to read. Topics to come include: race cheerleaders, the start line, racing with other people, water stations, and great things about races in general. I was going to write about my thoughts today, but I figured these would be great go-to topics for when I have a rest day, instead of boring you with about how I rested and kept hydrated, and even stretched on my day off. If there are any other topics you might like to read about, let me know and I’ll be happy to add them to the “rest day topics” queue.
Finally, I’d like to dedicate this post to Chris (Grandpa), Kelly (Coffee Ho), Julie (Goose), Brianna, David, and Kelly & Julie’s uncles Rick & Patrick. Great race everyone!
Super Bowl Sunday 10K…success.