After yesterday’s late-race debacle, I wasn’t feeling good about this morning’s 9/11 Memorial 5K. This race was to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, though, and I figured I owed it to our heroes to get my lazy butt out of bed, and on the trail. 🙂
After getting dressed and a little breakfast, I pointed the Jeep to the Greenway. It was surprisingly chilly, even with the sun already up. The Jeep’s thermometer read 54°, and at speed on Highway 100, it felt every bit of it!
I stretched out, and got on course. I’d already decided to just walk today. I needed the miles, but I needed to recover too, so it was a planned slow go. With the great temps, the walk went very, very well, and I finished in about the same time I did yesterday, but feeling very much better upon completion. Success!
I did add something to my journey this morning. I’d talked with the folks at Fleet Feet a few weeks ago about my upcoming half marathon in Tulsa — just two months away! We talked about in-race nutrition and fueling. From that conversation, I picked up a handful of Gu packets. I’ve never used any kind of race nutrition before, and I was nervous about some of the things I’d heard about it: not hitting the stomach right, weird textures, and flavors that weren’t exactly great.
Well, I open a root beer flavored Gu about 15 minutes in, and while the consistency was indeed odd — like a really thick honey — the flavor was kinda like a slightly weak root beer barrel candy. I felt no ill effects, and while I can’t point to any specific help it brought, I did finish feeling well.
More racing to come tomorrow!
This race benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project.