Race: McGregor Mug Run 5k
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Pre-Race Preparation: I did two 8km runs before this race just to see how my body was feeling after the Canadian road race last weekend. As usual, I still carbo – load from Wednesday to Friday.
Pre-Race Thoughts: Can I run another personal best? I got really sick after last weekend’s race. Is my immune system ready for another race? Do I have a chance to place in this race? Should I just take it easy on my body?
Running Surface: Concrete, trail
Incline / Decline: Decline
Start Time: 4:00pm
Finish Time: 4:18:15pm
Weather: Cloudy with gusty wind
Pre-Race Routine: Carb-loading Wednesday – Friday
Shoes: Pearl izumi peak 2
Fluids taken during the race: Half a cup of water
Energy / Calories consumed Prior to the race: GU electrolyte tab and a bottle of water, powergel (banana/strawberry)
Energy / Calories consumed During the race: none, I took a powergel prior to the race. I wanted to see if it would make any difference taking a powergel for a short distance race.
Sodium / Electrolytes consumed During the race: none
General Observations: I arrived an hour early as the race started at 4pm. I stayed warm and started warming up 30 minutes prior to the race. The event was well organized with people ready to give you your bib and swag. I got a plastic mug, tech long sleeve, free entry to the craft beer festival after the race and 4 tokens for beers. =) The course was mostly flat with some trails before we head back into the neighborhood and then back into the road to the finish. My friend Vikum and I placed 1 & 2 in the 30-34 age group. We earned our beers!! We also had cupcakes at the post race event. Aside from the far drive out to Windsor, this was a very affordable race that came with a lot of goodies. I really enjoyed the local food and craft beer festival after the race with my friends. Great run and fun times!! I would definitely do this race again. It’s something different from the city races. I feel like there is no pressure racing as I am just going out to a craft beer festival to enjoy my time with my friends. It was a great way to get some of my friends out for a run!
Things that worked for this event: Eating consistently on my long ride to the race. This race started late compared to all the other races that I’ve ran. I ran a personal best for this race. =)
Things that didn’t work well for this event: The weather could be nicer but I am glad it didn’t rained.
Psychological Observations: There were elite athletes at this race. I tried my best to stick to my own pace as I see them take off at the beginning.
Post-Race Recovery: Beer & Pizza to start. =) I went to the gym the next day to spin, roll and stretch out my legs.
Things to Improve for Next Time: None. Just go out there and have a good time. Being competitive for all my races takes the enjoyment away from running.
Race: McGregor Mug Run 5k