Today is my last rest day before my race tomorrow. I’m definitely getting more nervous as the race gets closer. As I’ve said before, prior to Whole30, I could run a 10K with zero issues. Whether it was fast or not is a different conversation, but I wasn’t worried about the distance. Since I’ve started on Whole30, my energy has been up and down, and my only two workouts have been way off. So, I am more than a bit worried about being about to run the whole race, regardless of my time. It won’t be a failure if I can’t run the whole thing, or if I come in much slower than previous 10Ks. I know that I’m asking my body to make a huge adjustment right now, and it’s pretty confused, so I don’t have any expectations, just hopes.
Worked for a few hours today, and then went out and did the grocery shopping for the next few days. The wife and I have been enjoying trying different recipes, and haven’t had anything horrible yet. Bland fish or chicken is definitely not a requirement for sticking to Whole30.
Got up early for my race. The race started at 7am, and I was up around 5am. I normally get up early before races anyway, but I especially wanted to make sure I had time for whatever eating I needed to do before the race. I went and rechecked “It Starts With Food” and realized I didn’t need to eat until 75ish minutes before the race, so I just made sure I had all my stuff together. I ended up having two boiled eggs for breakfast, which made me a little nervous, but I figured over an hour before the start of the race, they had plenty of time to digest.
Got out to the race site in plenty of time, and had no trouble with parking. Walked around for a bit and met up with my brother who was also running the race. After a short delay the race got started. For the most part I felt good at the start of the race. I was running on feel and trying to ignore my watch to see my pace. I hit the first mile marker and looked at my watch, and I was about a minute slower than I thought I would be based on my level of effort. A little momentary disappointment about that, but then I reminded myself that I hadn’t even been sure I’d be able to run very well at all because of the changes I’m making with Whole30. I decided that I’m happy that I’m doing as well as I am, and that it could be worse. I did get a little bit fast for the next few miles, and just kept trucking along. I think I hit a wall of sorts around mile 4.5 though, not sure if it was mental or physical, but my “high gear” was about 30 seconds per mile pace slower than the first mile I ran. Once again had to remind myself that it didn’t matter, that here I was 4.5 miles into a race in which I wasn’t sure I’d be able to run a mile. I decided to just focus and finish. On this particular 10K course, there’s a fairly steep hill from mile 5.9 to mile 6.0, I pushed as best I could, but my legs were just screaming at me going up the hill, and I ended up walking about the last 1/4 of it. Once I got to the top though, I started running again and finished strong. Overall time was 53:06, which is just over 4 minutes off my PR. Not a bad race at all!
Not sure how I let my crazy brother talk me into it (just kidding, I talked him into it), but since we are both in marathon training, we decided to run some extra after the race. It was slow, and it was painful at times, but we finished an additional 4.5+ miles after the race.
The rest of the day ended up being a little busier than expected with running some errands and such, and we always bowl on Sunday nights. Usually on the day of a race or a hard long run, I don’t bowl very well because my legs/knees/hips are sore, but I bowled fairly well with a 220+ average for the night (overall average is lower).
2 hard boiled eggs
Half a chicken breast
Eggs w/spinach and tomatoes
Sauteed Squash (left overs)
Boiled Carrots (left overs)
Brussels Sprouts (left overs)