I'm going to break it down like this:
THINGS I DID RIGHT.
1. I pinned my hair up completely out of my face. I was very very very thankful that I did this, even though I'm sure I looked like a retard.
2. I wore leggings without shorts over them. Again, another retard move, but way more comfortable.
THINGS I DID WRONG.
umm wow, where to begin?
1. I checked the weather the night before and dressed accordingly for 55 degrees and rain in leggings, a tank top, an underamour and a long sleeve t-shirt. Unfortunately, it ended up being way nicer than that and I'm pretty sure I was seconds away from a heat stroke. Oops.
2. Instead of eating what I normally eat for break - fruit - I thought I'd make a power breakfast and had some yummy pumpkin oatmeal (recipe to follow). Next time, however, I'm sticking with fruit. The oatmeal was way to dense and even though I ate it two hours before the run, I ended up with terrible stomach cramps which lead to my decision to walk about half of the last mile.
3. I ran just a little too fast at the beginning. I think I just got overzealous. There were a lot of older people and I thought I could easily outrun them. Bigggg mistake.
In the end, even with my little walking stint, I ended up finishing in 29:33. I'm actually really impressed with that and it shows how must faster than normal I must have been going in the beginning to be able to walk and still finish in under 30 minutes.
All in all, I had a good time and I'm definitely going to make the next race better! Though I read a lot of tips and such on the internet, I think maybe it's something you have to do firsthand before you can really learn from it.
Before I go, I'm gonna leave you with delicious pumpkin oatmeal recipe I totally stole from Eat Spin Run Repeat! The original is right here.
1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup pumpkin
1/2 scoop protein (I used chocolate)
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
squeeze of agave nectar
Mix oats and water and heat in the microwave for
2 mins. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
Heat until you reach desired consistency. I like mine
thick so I had to throw it in a few times. Then top with
nuts of your choice! I used chopped walnuts. Mmm!
So good, it tasted like warm pumpkin pie filling which means this gets two thumbs up by me! It's totally going into my breakfast cookbook - no doubt. I think I might try a few variations on it as well. Maybe a little brown sugar topping? Cinnamon? Ohhh yeahhhh!
Okay lovies, I'm off to eat lunch with the boy and then study before work. I've got an exam on Tuesday that I really don't feel like taking. I just keep telling myself "One week till summer!"