Last Saturday my husband and I decided to race in Wilmington, Delaware. I had been unsure whether I wanted to race because the week before had been chaotic. Despite taking a step back in running mileage, I spent most of last week on my feet. I probably logged the same amount of movement miles anyways HA! Since it was such a beautiful morning, we decided to head to the race anyways. Any race you can walk away from injury free is a good race.
The race morning was nothing short of a hot mess. I woke up late, my car tire deflated overnight and there was plenty of traffic. I also lost one of my current Saucony A6 racing flats. After spending 10 minutes looking for them, I ultimately gave up and found my previous pair of Nike LTs. At 6:45, I stormed back into the house and said I didn’t want to race. At 6:46, Tim calmed me down and we left. Hashtag: Drama Queen.
We arrived to Wilmington around 7:45. We were able to easily sign up and warm up. I had never run on the Wilmington Riverfront before but it was gorgeous! I saw a few NJ locals and a few fast females I recognized.
The race started at 8:30 with a quick air horn. During the first mile I found myself as 5th women overall. I didn’t feel great but I didn’t feel as awful as last week. We took a very sharp turn during the first mile and I didn’t cut the tangent well. I felt myself awkwardly sidestepping and I lost all momentum. The first mile headed along the river. It was a lot windier than anticipated.
For the most part I ran alone and focused on catching a female in front of me. I crossed the first mile in 6:13 and was pleased. I felt better then last week but didn’t feel great.
During the second mile I passed one female and ended up as fourth woman overall. I had the third female in sight the entire race but couldn’t catch her. The second mile went parallel to the riverfront. It was relatively flat but was also very windy. I didn’t mind the wind and it was a perfect temperature. It reminded me of running on the VA Beach boardwalk. The wind was hitting you on the side. You weren’t getting a tailwind but were getting a little bit of headwind resistance. I hit the second mile in 6:26.
During the third mile I thought I would be able to break 20 minutes. I was slowing down but just needed to hold on a bit longer. The third mile went up a hill and through a series of turns. It went through a gorgeous nature park that I want to explore at some point soon. It was enough to lose steam and be back over 20 minutes.
I crossed the finish in 20:13 and fourth female overall. My husband was able to cross as third male overall and win a year supply of bread from Panera. I was happy for him because it was such a great race for him. I was also extremely jealous of his bread winnings!
We cooled down together in the nature park. It was really pretty and had a great view of Wilmington. That is an area that I would want to run in again!
After everything that happened in the morning, I was proud of myself for making it to the race! I wasn’t disappointed with my time but I wasn’t happy with the race either. My ultimate goal is Belmar and each race both good and bad are getting me there.
Questions for you:
What is the coolest race prize you have won?
Do you have any crazy race morning stories?