Since I had such an awesome week of training last week, I actually felt inspired to write. I actually ran this 5k race last month but I really want to get in a better habit of recapping my races so I finished this one up before I got started on the recap from last weekend’s race.
Running a race in Chicago in August is a VERY different experience than running a race in Florida in August. Seriously! That was probably the biggest lesson that I learned during the Sea Dog Brewery 5k race on Sunday, August 16th. The weather was so much warmer and the humidity was absolutely stifling. When I finished the Chicago 10k a week earlier, I felt awesome and empowered. The opposite was true when I finished the race on Sunday. What really frustrated me was that I ran half the distance!
On Sunday morning, the alarm started going off at 6 AM. I wasn’t really in the mood to get out of bed but I also didn’t want to miss the first race of the American Running Company (ARC) race series. I quickly got dressed, reset the alarm for Pete, grabbed something for breakfast, and headed out the door. It only took me 30 minutes to get ready, which is pretty darn impressive for me.
The race location was a little less than 30 minutes for the house and it had plenty of parking when I arrived,. Even though I had gone to the bathroom before leaving the house, I decided to use the port-a-potties before the race started. The line was still pretty short so I went in search of my timing chip. When I got back to the line, it was crazy long and I started to worry that I wouldn’t make it to the start of the race. Thankfully, things moved fairly quickly and I made it to the start line with a few minutes to spare.