You’ve probably heard most of this by now, but it was HOT and HUMID in Houston this weekend. No that’s not exactly newsworthy, but it did mean my slightly sick body wasn’t happy to race on Sunday.
After resting all day Saturday in an attempt to rid my body of whatever was trying to invade it, I popped up ready to go with my 4AM alarm Sunday morning. We had gotten our stuff together the night before
This was a smaller race and the venue was great- lots of porta potties and decent post-race food. There was an option to pick up packets race morning and there were plenty of volunteers manning the lines. Good job Space City/OTR!! The parking was literally next to the finish line so leaving stuff in our car and going back and forth was easy.
Look at all the Oiselle love in this pic!!
After grabbing some water and a final trip to the porta potties, we lined up and were off. The course is an easy loop through Clear Lake and is pancake flat. Unfortunately, it’s also not shaded. Thankfully there was a little cloud cover, but it wasn’t enough to combat the almost 80* temps and 85% humidity. I felt ok through about 6 miles then the wheels came off this train. I was having a mental battle but I refused to give up. Batch was in a similar situation so we weren’t able to push each other. I took a 30 sec walk-break at mile 8 then decided it was game on to the finish. I just picked out other runners and decided I had to maintain my distance from them or pass them. This strategy worked until the last 2/10ths of a mile when I was just totally spent. I didn’t stop, but there definitely wasn’t a finishing kick happening. I crossed the finish line, handed my hand-held to my mom and made a beeline for the porta potties- heat, cold medicine and adrenaline do not mix well.
We took advantage of the post-race massages and were so glad we did! They were GREAT! I’m usually lukewarm on post-race massages, but Koala Wellness had their act together and their people knew how to work on runners. Kudos Koala!
TOTALS: 10.1 miles/1:21:53/8:08 pace/7th AG
I’m not proud of my time. I know I’m capable of better, but this race did serve as a wake-up call for my marathon training. I don’t have the base I normally do going into marathon season and it showed today. I usually spend the summer racing triathlons so my body is equipped to handle heat. That’s not the case this year. I’m motivated. I’ve made some changes to my plan already. Now I just need to execute. Learning from my failure…
Houston Half in 2 weeks….