I like this week's topic... the things that sneak up on you
5 Race Day Surprises!!!
Things I didn't expect during a race day
ONE // How much you DONT want to eat
Any day, any hour, any minute - I could eat. I'm all about food. Except on race morning - when you NEED food the most to fuel up & get ready for a long day ahead. But nerves kick in & who wants to eat with a nervous belly. It's almost being force fed on race day... same goes with how much water you need to force down. When all I want to do is throw up. I don't do nerves well.
TWO // How finding a parking spot can cause so much anxiety
I think I am near a panic attack EVERY race until I get my car parked & I'm heading to the start line. I try to figure out the area before a race & think about where good parking is at... but then you run into blocked roads & loads of people crossing the street like its a big Frogger game #80sgamingreference ... & my fear is that I'm going to be late to the start... which has happened ... & guess what? The world didn't end. I just hate being rushed. RUSH is the key word for most of my mornings on race day. It's basically my word for EVERY morning of my life.
THREE // How much energy there is at start line
Man... if I could bottle up that anticipation & energy, I would... & I'd be a millionaire. Standing at the start line in the middle of a group of people you never met but all have the same goal... it's just exciting. & when music is being played to pump up the jam? Oh yeah baby... its better then any rave you could ever go to. But this one has compression socks & gel packs everywhere! #RunnersRock
FOUR // How fast you'll start out
I have a pace. It's called slow. But it always surprises me when I get through the first mile in a race & see what my pace is. ALWAYS so much faster then it should be. This is not a good thing, mind you... but it happens every race. Getting caught up in the crowd, "keeping up with the Jones" you could say - "don't look like an idiot" is another way of saying it. That's all hog wash - no one cares if you run along side them or not... but its just easy to try & keep up.
FIVE // The emotions
Yes, I figured I'd be emotional my first race crossing a half marathon finish line. I didn't know I'd be emotional EVERY STUPID RACE I DO!!! ... but it happens. A smile, a proud moment, sometimes even tears. There's something that happens in the soul when you do a race. I think an angel gets its wings or something.