Wow, what a heck of a weekend! I am spent, but the California Classic Weekend was blast!
After completing the metric century ride yesterday, I was a little worried about how I’d do today.
My day started at 5:00am. I got up, took a shower, ate my normal pre race breakfast of 3 slices of cinnamon raisin toast with butter, a banana, water & I added an 8oz glass if Gatorade. I figured it wouldn’t hurt after riding for over 4 hours yesterday. It worked out well.
Surprisingly the only soreness I had was the top of my right foot where if I had to guess, I hit it when I ate pavement before the start yesterday. Took a little time to set in I guess. Other than that my legs felt a little tight but loosened up after moving around. I was relieved about this & felt hopeful about the run.
My only goals were to finish & have fun but in the back of my mind I would have been extra happy running a 9 minute mile and/or come in under 2 hours.
We arrived at 6:30am to a traffic jam & full parking lot’s, which we did not experience yesterday but it wasn’t too bad.
I got in line at the port a potties and headed to the start line.
The race started promptly at 7:00am. I started out slow (for me) at maybe a 9:30 minute mile? The first 4ish miles were weaving through the streets downtown which was a little boring, and I was feeling a little tight but nothing too bad. This is around the time I was finally getting into my groove. We made our way to the half way point, the Chaffee Zoo. We ran through it & passed by kangaroos, bears, giraffes & other animals I can’t remember right now. I loved that part! Whoever came up with that idea is brilliant!
Then we made our way along the shade trees through Roeding Park & the Tower District.
Around mile 10.5 Mike rolled up next to me on a golf cart. I was so surprised to see him! It was nice for him to see me in my “zone.” He said he followed me for a block, yelling my name but with my headphones in my skull, I couldn’t hear him. lol
At this point I knew I was going to make it out alive. I’d only slowed down at the water stations & stopped once to snap the picture with the giraffes. My knees started to hurt a little but other than that I was feeling great.
*On a side note every water/Gatorade station was well stocked and the volunteers were friendly, helpful & amazing!
After weaving through streets downtown, I saw Chukchansi Stadium. This is where I got a little emotional. I was so proud of myself for completing the biggest physical challenge of my life so far & even more so that I was feeling great! I really turned a corner this weekend. For the first time I feel like I’ve figured out the whole fueling/hydrating thing. That was the key to such a successful weekend. Well along with training properly & a great additude. 🙂
We ran downhill through center field to cross the finish line! I was so pumped!!! I did this, I rocked it! I never doubted myself!
And yes, the course was about .25 short. The Type A in my was bummed about it.
My official time is 1:58:40 with an average pace per mile of 9:04. ***Edited to add; Overall 568 out of 1957, women 189 out of 1183, age group 34 out of 213.
And now I’m rockin’ my new race bling!
I was sad that Mike didn’t see me finish, but he was getting ice for my knees that I requested at mile 10.5. But he was there when my own family isn’t. That’s all that matters! He’s support of my crazy ass ideas is beyond amazing! I could not have done this without him. ❤
My knees & hips are a little sore but come on, after what I put them through the last 2 days I feel really good all things considered.
I am so thankful I trained for this healthy & injury free. I am grateful every single day for my health. I think about it all the time and never take it for granted.