Good news- the small child was perfectly enchanted by her mermaid surprise unlike the first mermaid party I did where the birthday girl wanted to be as FAR AWAY FROM THE MERMAID AS POSSIBLE
they wheeled me out on a desk chair which was pretty hilarious but actually worked a lot better than a Throne of Dads
and then omfg to get me in the pool
they put me in one of those disability chairs that you sit in and it sloooooowly lowers you into the pool
so I just sat in it, princess-waving for a full 5 minutes while I’m majestically lowered into the water. hilarious
Unlike the last party I actually was SWIMMING the whole time! They plopped me right into the deep end and I paddled around with the kids (who had floaties on and were swimming with their parents). Birthday girl was more than happy to show Marina the Mermaid how she can dunk her head in the water and jump off the side into her mom’s arms (she had just turned 4). Super cute.
Woke up at 4 am from a bad dream, I had trouble falling back asleep. When it was finally time to start getting up, I didn’t want to run at all. Like I had a legit argument with myself in my head, but eventually my non-lazy, running-obsessed self won over and I got ready in literally 10 minutes, grabbed breakfast for the car, and left the house. It was over 1 hour to the parking area, because it was a point-to-point course, I parked at the finish so I needed to take a bus to the start. I had a good port-a-potty session too at registration which was 👌🏻obviously lol.
Sadly I had forgotten my rain jacket at home, which I immediately and deeply regretted as I warmed up for the race and got to the starting line. It was almost pouring, and I had nothing but a shirt and some spandex on. I didn’t even wear my longer running tights; my outfit decision was a total fail today. I got totally soaked from the rain, and I was wet the whole race(luckily not cold though).
During the race, I noticed that my big toe and my 2nd toe (right foot) felt kind’ve numb, especially on downhills. This feeling didn’t go away till I finished the race, and even then I felt some numbness. I usually never get numbness in my right foot, so I’m thinking it was due to the cold/wetness. My left foot didn’t fall numb at all, and my legs didn’t feel tight at all (bless you warmup).
Luckily, everything else went without a hitch. First of all, I warmed up, and actually ran from registration to the starting line (about .36 miles). I think this was a huge factor in why I didn’t feel awful and my legs didn’t feel overly fresh. From the bus ride over to registration, I had figured out that the course had very big hills, so I was prepared mentally for the climbs, but training-wise I hadn’t really done hills like these. There was beautiful scenery to distract me, and I ran a lot of the race semi-alone with people either following close behind me or in front of me (both of which motivated me to run faster in the latter part of the race so that I was reaching paces I haven’t seen in training for a while, so yay). Getting to the halfway mark was waaaay harder for some reason. But when I finally started passing me and leaving others in the dust, I got more confident and just bulldozed through the hill climbs like they were nothing. Best part, I stopped on multiple occasions: to breath, to take pics, to enjoy the scenery. And I still made a great pace. So happy with this race and my overall experience of it. I have a lot of ties to the area that the course was on, so it was a super heartfelt and exciting moment for me to cross that finish line!!
Went to Starbucks afterward so I could finally get my hands on one of those unicorn fraps, but the location I went to was sold out 😢, so I ended up trying an iced caramel macchiato, which wasn’t too bad, and it was a nice post-race treat. Don’t know exactly why, but when I finally got home, took a shower, and sat down for lunch, I couldn’t really eat a lot (spaghetti). I had felt pangs of hunger, but I didn’t have much of an appetite when the food finally was in front me. And my stomach doesn’t feel great right now. Oh well, maybe a nap will help.
A few things of note that motivated me during the race and could help my running friends here:
1. I told myself aloud on multiple occasions that “I could it, this is easy, and this is fun”. I cannot express enough how greatly this worked on keeping the momentum during some of the more daunting uphills.
2. I pictured Jordan Hasay and her Boston marathon moments in my head during the races. Just thinking of her form, extended legs, even her tongue sticking out really kept me going lol. I guess I tried to squeeze out my inner speed demon.
3. I was wearing a cap, and this not only kept my eyes and face shielded from the rain, but also I averted my eyes during the beginning of most daunting hill climbs, just basically using the top of the cap to keep myself looking at the ground so I wouldn’t get scared and start slowing down in anticipation of the hill. This was by far one of the major reasons I didn’t walk up almost any hill, and even when I did once, I did a combo of running/walking. I will definitely be wearing a cap now when I know I’m going to be racing a super hilly course.
If you’re someone who wants to ween yourself off of music playing during races so that you can listen better to your body, I highly recommend trying these methods of motivation.