Post-race with an iced coffee. They ran out of water but I would have chosen this anyway.
So, what should I do to prepare for this?
Well, self, you should have decided to run this more than 36 hours before, and you probably should have gone to the gym at some point in the week leading up to it. The 20 minute run you had the night before because the internet said it was a good idea really doesn't count. You should probably also get lots of rest the night before and not eat dinner at 9pm and stay up doing chores and getting your stuff ready til midnight.
What should I bring with me to the race?
You little over-preparer, you! You brought your phone in a new armband thingy, headphones, an iPod nano (just in case), a new headband, and new non-slip grip sunglasses. But really you should plan ahead to have all this stuff on hand and not spend hours shopping for it all the night before, along with bananas the right amount of ripeness and your favorite flavor of Kind bars. All that mess will really tire you out. Oh, and your car keys - tie it to your shoe! Be glad you thought to ask Amy about that one on Friday.
What's the race like?
There will be lots of pretty and fit people. Some girls will be wearing sports bras and tiny shorts and doing weird things with their feet to warm up. Hang out in the back with the people with strollers where you are less intimidated. You should definitely not try to take pics at the starting line or else you won't be able to get your phone back in the armband in a timely manner and you will be thrown off completely because you are half running, half fidgeting with your phone so you will decide to stop to fix everything and never catch back up with your group. Not that you would let that happen to you. You are far too prepared for that.
What about the weather?
75 sounds like a great temperature, but once you start moving, you will probably feel like there is saran wrap over your mouth and nose and you can barely breathe. This is called humidity, which you have never experienced since you only run indoors. It's awful. It will ruin any athletic ability that you thought you had.
What's the end of the race like?
It's the best part - you're done! This race had free Chick-fil-a and free iced coffee (the good kind) so it almost made the whole thing worth it. Almost.
Anything else I should know?
Don't set your Nike app to 3K instead of 3 miles or you will be sorely disappointed about 2/3 of the way through the race. Have a playlist or something ready to listen to. Your earphones will probably strangle you the whole time. Don't try a new headband because it will only let you down.
Would you do it again?
Hard to say. I hated it during the race. HATED IT. I set my goal for my time very low and beat it easily. Now I want to see if I can beat this time with additional preparation. However, the feelings of "I can't believe I spent money to get up early and run in the heat and humidity" were very strong for 3.1 miles. I kind of think running competitively isn't for me, but I'm glad I can say I tried it. Never say never, but I am definitely not seeking another race to try right now.
Linking up with Sami and Leeann!