Thursday, July 7, 2016

4th of July 8K...Running on fumes

This past weekend was a busy one due to the holiday. Saturday I went into work at 11:00 am and didn’t get out until 12:30 am. The following day I went in at 3pm and worked until 11:30pm. Earlier in the week my running buddy asked me if I wanted to run a 4th of July race on Monday morning. I told him I couldn’t commit because of my work schedule and not knowing what time I would be getting done the night before. I didn’t think I would be up to running a race because of working such long hours. 

But after finishing on Sunday night I kept thinking about the race the following morning. I have come to the realization the FOMO (fear of missing out) is real. So I rolled out of bed the next morning to meet my friend for the race. 


During the drive to the race it began to rain. My first thought was why did I get up for this? But when we arrived at the race it was only sprinkling. I got in line for race day registration. Another reason that I decided to run it was because it was only $30. Unfortunately they had run out of shirts so I wasn’t able to get one.  
After registering, I waited in line for the restroom, and one of the volunteers came over and said to all of us waiting in line, don’t worry about the start time, we will delay it ten minutes since the line is long.  We then had to walk about a half a mile to the start line. The race was on a trail with packed stone. So it was an easy terrain to run on. During the race it was sprinkling but it felt good because it was so humid out. But luckily there was no sun beating down on us.  

The race was not chip timed, nor corral placement so we just all lined up at the start. I tried to get as close to the starting line as I could. It was very narrow in the beginning and it took me about two minutes to find a good pace. 

The first mile I looked at my watch and it read 6:50. I thought I was reading it wrong a first because I didn’t feel like I was going that fast. I told myself I better slow down or I am not going to be able to make it to the finish if I keep up with this pace. I held myself back a bit after that, but I was still passing runners. During the race I kept asking myself how far an 8k was. I don’t think I have ever run one. I knew it was more than a 5k and less than a 10k so I was thinking it was around 4 miles. Well when I got close to the 4 mile mark there was no finish line insight, so I thought well it must be closer to 4.5 so I kept pushing myself a bit more, thinking I only had a half a mile to go. But I was still wrong! I kept thinking this is the longest half mile. I was running on fumes at this point. I finally saw the finish line, and realized it was closer to five miles. I have never been so happy to cross a finish line!  

After the race my friend told me that I probably had placed, as did he, so of course we had to wait around for the award ceremonyWhile we were waiting I went over to where I had registered to see if there were any leftover shirts. I was in luck! There was an extra one in my size. 


Score! Not that I needed another race shirt, but it is still nice to have. When the list was posted we went over and tried to find our names. He placed 1st in his age group but I could not find my name, but I was looking at the wrong list. I placed in the overall, not in my age group. I ended up placing 3rd female over all. So we waited for the awards. I received a cup and a coin of some sort (not sure what it represents) and a coupon for a free bunt cake at a bakery that is not even close to where I live. For placing in the overall, I thought it would be something a little more.  After we received our awards we were on our way home and it started pouring out. We were both happy to have beaten the rain. I arrived home and slept the rest of the morning until it was time for me to go into work that afternoon. Honestly, I wasn’t too tired at work either, I kept myself pretty busy and I was on a Runner’s high so that helped too. When I finished at midnight, I went straight home and slept for ten hours!  -L

15 comments:

  1. Way to go Lacey and congrats on the award! FOMO is definitely real, and you ran such a strong race even with how tired you were. Awesome!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. I think it was the adrenalin that helped.

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  2. Great job placing, and what luck to miss out on the pouring rain.

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    1. Thanks. I would have been so mad getting up on such little sleep and having to run in the rain. Glad it happened before and after.

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  3. Great job! At smaller local races we don't have special prizes for overall winners, so I'm not surprised that's all you got. Still better than nothing! Plus you missed out on the rain which is always good :)

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  4. Wow, congrats on a great race! Way to push through even at the end when you were getting tired. Nice work!

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  5. Sounds like the light rain was a blessing for the race! Congrats on the 3rd place overall finish :) I had no idea how long an 8k was the first time I did it either and kept looking for the finish line after I passed the 4 mile marker. I now know it's more than 4.9.

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  6. Congratulations on your 3rd overall!! that is amazing!! Great job!!

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  7. WOW - congratulations placing 3rd woman overall!!! Considering how sketchy things seemed at the start, and not being familiar with the distance, you NAILED it!!!

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  8. Congrats on placing 3rd, Lacey!!! :) You always place really well at your races.

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  9. Wow, you are one speedy runner!!! I have no idea of how far an 8K is either...I'd be trying to do math while I ran and that wouldn't have gone well.

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  10. Congrats on the place. I don't think I have ever run an 8K either.

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  11. Congrats on 3rd overall! That is awesome, especially after a long couple days of work!

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  12. FOMO is totally real!! I'm glad you listened to it and ran this race because you kicked butt! Congrats on placing!!

    I ran an 8k a few years ago and truly loved the unique distance, but they changed it to a 15k the following year so I've never run another!

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  13. You are so speedy! That is great you placed overall :) It is nice you have shirt since you placed! Congrats to you and your friend, great job.

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