I am a creature of habit, comforted by the routines I have created. An early riser. A person with a plan. I’m the one who wakes other people up, because I know their phone died in the middle of the night. I do not sleep in. And I most certainly do not sleep in on race day. Or so I thought.
I woke up at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning. One hour before I had to get up. However, during that one hour, I managed to fall back into a deep sleep. Much later, I woke up to light shining through my windows. I heard my phone making the faintest ‘beep beep’, ‘beep beep’. A sorry attempt to wake me up. I looked at my phone. 6:30. What? 6:30? I jumped out of bed and created a whole new routine. Contacts, clothes, eat two bites of cereal, drink three sips of coffee and some water, grab my race bib, phone, watch, safety pins, water, and GO.
I made it to one of the parking garages at the Shops at Legacy at 7:20. After I parked, I felt like I could breathe again, but my brain was still trying to catch up. Three sips of coffee didn’t cut it.
For my warm up, I ran from my car to the race site and then on the course, totaling 1.5 miles. Then I did some 100 meter strides and jogged towards the start. ‘Here goes nothing.’
I saw some runners that I knew from the Plano Pacers and other Dallas area races. We talked for a few minutes before the start which helped me settle into race mode.
The race started at 8:00. I went out at a 6:00/mile pace, quickly backed off, and settled in with a group of runners. Everything felt off, tired, and tight. Miles two and three were a fight. There were no other female runners near me, so I focused on hanging with a couple of men running my pace through mile two. I passed one runner at the beginning of mile three and the other runner right before the uphill dash to the finish that I didn’t see coming. I thought for sure that he would surge up the hill to finish in front, but I held my place and crossed the finish line ahead of him.
1st Overall Female! Third win in a row!
After the race, I talked with friends, completed my 2 mile cool down, found my car, and accepted my award. I felt good about the morning. The chaotic start challenged me in a way that I am not used to, and everything worked out. At 10:30, I climbed in my car, relaxed, and drove to Starbucks!
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