Last night was the Kiwanis Club of Dunedin’s annual Midnight 1-mile, 5K, and 10K.
I decided to sign up and have a crack at the 10k. 6.2mi; no problem!
Since this was a midnight run, I tried to plan my fueling needs ahead of time. I know that it’s only a 10k, so I didn’t have to necessarily “carboload”, but I did want to make sure I had adequate food in my belly without being full before the race. The plan I devised was this: eat a heavy-ish late lunch/early dinner, then fast for the 6hrs before the race, and have a small snack and my GNC Pro-Sculpt drank about an hour before.
For my heavier meal, I went with whole wheat pasta with sautéed kale, baby spinach, grape tomatoes, and feta. Perfect! And my small snack an hour before was my go-to pre run snack; banana and peanut butter on a piece of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread!
After a long day of early morning yoga, pool-time,
spring summer cleaning/purging of clothes, and a nap, we got to the race at about 11pm. No issues parking, even though the race brought in about 2500 people! After check-in, we went to cheer on the 5k runners who were filing in. The winner crossed the finish line after about 16 minutes! Holy shit, was he fast! It takes me 16min to do 2 miles, on a good day!!
I can’t lie, I did have some nerves. Not because I didn’t think I could finish; I run at least 6mi, if not more, once or twice a week… I was more nervous just because! I’ve never done a big organized, chip-timed race (pics of my official stats to come). Luckily though, I didn’t have any issues…other than maybe not hitting a porta-potty before the race began. No bueno.
The only unexpected moment(s) in the race came when we approached the first, and then second, draw bridges along the causeway. I don’t know why I didn’t think of them – I’ve been along the causeway before – but, alas, I forgot there were bridges. Bridges mean hills. Oh well; I trucked up and down them, not letting them stop me. Running in the complete dark was a little different for me too. I’m used to a lot of streetlight and civilization. Since this race is a pretty big deal ,they had the causeway all shut down, and at some points, it’s literally the runners, the road, and a few scattered glow-sticks paving the way. It was pretty cool, but I wouldn’t be doing that solo, that’s for sure!
All in all, the race went off without a hitch! I finished a little before my projected, which was cool, and I ended with a massive sprint to the finish! I didn’t think I’d have a sprint in me, but I did, and I felt FAST!
It was a great night, and a great taste at a chip-timed, organized race! Glad I did it, proud of myself, and ready for the next!!