I usually try to keep my running posts to PRs only, but perhaps this one can serve as an example and reminder of what not to do the night before a race.
Last night I went out for dinner and drinks with a friend, stayed out relatively late which was fine but definitely didn't need that 3rd drink. On my way home, I stopped at the store for dessert, pigged out, threw on a movie for about 30 minutes until I was ready to pass out and forgot to set an alarm for the morning. I woke up at 7:42 immediately realizing my mistake.
The race started at 7:30 and they weren't letting anyone start after 8. And I was a 20 minute drive away. I frantically got my things together, ran out the door, and was somehow able to start running at 8:16 this morning. Mind you, my shoes were loose (barely tied), I had drank 0 ounces of water to cap off the night and another 0 ounces that morning, hadn't eaten anything that morning (usually go with a cliff bar), and had no time to stretch or warm up.
Those of us who were late didn't get to start at the normal starting point which I think was part of the reason for the 2.92 miles. Anyway, the first 2 miles were better than expected, and right on pace. Slowed down a bit for the 3rd mile but that's not unusual. Usually I get a 2nd wind (or perhaps a runners high) for that last quarter-to-half mile and have a decent kick and finish strong. Thinking I had a good .3 miles to go, I sped up at about 2.8 miles. Much to my dismay, this didn't leave me much time to salvage that last split pace and I was disappointed when there was nowhere to go at the finish line because I still had "a lot" left to give. I'm confident I could've taken nearly 10 seconds off that average pace and that would've been good for a new 5k PR. All things considered, I suppose I can't complain and have nobody to blame but myself. Feels good knowing I'm back in peak shape after a slightly rough 2 weeks in MA. #sdfair5k #sorryfortherant