This evening was my first race of the season. If I lived in a different part of the country, this may be one of my last races of the season…however, when the summer days exceed 100 degrees, you’re left with a tired and soggy body, so mustering the motivation to go outside and run fast is close to impossible.
It’s not exactly cool today (80 degrees) but it is raining, so that makes things a bit more tolerable.
No matter how long or short my races are, I follow the same routine to get ready. It is an event after all, and they're always so much fun!
|My new shoes. I've had them for a month, but they hadn't raced until tonight.|
|Race bib, shoe tag (chip), watch, and all that extra stuff you get at packet pick-up.|
|My music. Who am I kidding? This is the first thing I get ready.|
I was afraid the extra waiting around time would create so much tension I'd have a hard time during the race...that I would be so stiff & irritated, it would be difficult to get back in the mood to run. (To be honest, everyone there was starting to get on edge, booing and whatnot).
The beer truck actually opened up (meant to serve us AFTER the race) and some runners just started chugging away...but I refused to be swayed.