This past Sunday, despite the crazy heat, Danbo & I headed in to the city to run the B.A.A. 10k. This was the first event put on by the B.A.A. since the bombings, and it was apparent to me that it was an emotional day for a lot of the runners there. And it was unbelievable how much yellow & blue there was on course too. (I didn’t have a ton of appropriate-colored gear to wear, but I did rock my headband and my shoe dongle.)
The race was self-corralling, which can be a bit of a cluster with a large number of casual runners. We decided to hedge our bets, and opted for the 9:00-9;59 min mile corral. A smart choice based on what we experienced, however it may have been the reason we took off at a crazy pace (the first mile was the fastest I’ve ever recorded on my Nike+ Watch). Not smart, especially considering the heat. Originally, my plan was to just share water from Danbo’s hydration vest, but as we started running, I realized how impossible that would be. Then I made the mistake of skipping the first water stop. By the time we got to the second water stop, I was dying. I told Danbo to go on without me so that I could grab water & get my head back in the game. I knew that I would need to be stop at most of the water stops, I and I didn’t want to hold her up from a good race.
Did I forget to mention that I had to pee from the moment we got in our corral? Yeah, that wasn’t ideal either. I have never had to stop & pee during a race (or even a long run) before. Not during two halves, not on 10+ mile runs. Never. I made it to Mile 4 before having to swing off course and wait for a port-o-john. This was, very obviously, not my race.
Despite all of this, I finished with an OK time, and an urge to redeem myself next time. I also made the decision that I need to pull the trigger on a hydration vest. I’ve been researching them since DC, but this race sealed the deal for me. With a few more summer races on the calendar, plus training for two fall halves, I need to make sure that I’m properly hydrated throughout & I don’t want to have to rely on course support.
After finishing (and getting a pretty awesome medal), we changed into some clean clothes & met up with some of our Team In Training teammates for an amazing brunch (that included a gluten-free breakfast pizza!). It was great to catch up with them, hear about their race & other events they have planned, and just see how everyone was.
Overall, it felt great to run Boston, despite my setbacks. And it was awesome seeing my teammates again. No matter the pace, the weather or issues I may have, I will always run #BostonStrong.