Note to self: remember to drink water the morning before a race. I had no problem crushing some peanut butter toast and a cup of coffee when I woke up. But water, that I forgot.
Don’t worry, I eventually remembered the water thing about a half-mile into the race when my right calf cramped up. That’s when I said, “Oh yeah, now I remember what I was supposed to do: hydrate.” By then, it was too late. Besides, I knew the only water I’d get would be post-race. The stiff cramp tagged along for the rest of the run, but I did a pretty good job of using mind power to block it out and power through to the finish line.
The Get in Gear 5K takes place at Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, MN. The views there are beuatiful. And once you break away into the course, the surrounding neighborhood is quite pleasant too.
I was extremely happy with my results. And quite surprised too given the stiff leg. I guess it’s another reminder that when you want to achieve something, stick with it and power through. That’s a pretty solid thought heading into tri season.
Here’s the details:
- Distance: 3.10 miles
- Total time: 23:15
- Average pace: 7:29/mile
- Overall place: 67 out of 1425