I hope all of your daddies had fantastic Father’s Days. I think mine did. Kevin and I brought Ethan over to my parents’ place for brunch. Nope, it wasn’t healthy, but frankly, nothing about my weekend was particularly healthy. It was definitely a “diet starts Monday” kind of weekend. Ha – it happens, eh?
So back to today’s post… while recapping my 6k, I wanted to share how notto run a race.
Don’t hit the brewery the night before the race. In my defense, that’s where they were holding packet-pickup. I had 1.5 at the brewery and 1 more at dinner with the fam. (Kev went out of town with his buddies Friday night.)
Don’t start your race thirsty. I tried to drink enough water that morning, but I was still thirsty at the start. Oh, and don’t forget a warmup or at least some dynamic stretching. Oops!
Don’t sprint around folks during that first mile, or at least not much. The trail was very narrow with serious bottlenecks, which lead to a bit of walking in the first mile. It was frustrating, but I should have just gone with the flow instead of stressing and tiring myself out early.
Don’t skip eating/refueling for the next 4 hours, especially if you’re rehydrating with beer. Whoops! The race at the US National White Water Center was followed by a large beer tasting, and the beer was fantastic! Mostly local breweries came out (NC has great beer), but Terrapin, Lagunitas, Sweetwater, and Stone made appearances as well.
Despite all the “don’t”s, I was actually happy enough with my time. I was shooting for 31:30, but I got 34:02. Not too bad for my first trail race since high school cross country. I also wasn’t sore or anything the next day. Bottom Line: I had fun getting out and about with E & friends.
- How was your weekend? Run any races? Eat any brunches?