I ended up not racing last weekend's Bellin 10k. At the start of the year, I thought this race would be my time to shine and knock down my 10k PR. I run my best at large races with a competitive field so Bellin 10k seemed like an ideal opportunity to run fast.
Photo from Bellin Run's Facebook Page
But when race week rolled around, Coach Matt and I began discussing my options. With the forecast showing super hot temps, we knew I would at the very least need to run conservatively to avoid a midrace meltdown! There was also my plantar fasciitis to contend with. I felt pretty optimistic about racing on my foot earlier in the week but when pain/discomfort popped up again on Wednesday, I started to question if I should race. Coach Matt said if it was him in the situation he would not race.
But I waffled back and forth on the decision all the way up until packet pick up on Friday afternoon. Until that point, I was still planning to race, but as soon as I got to the outdoor expo I knew it wasn't going to happen. I was sweating and overheating after just walking three blocks from the car to the expo. I knew race day would be similar conditions so decided Coach Matt was right - there was no point in trying to race in miserable conditions, especially with the added stress of a foot injury.
I was super disappointed but deep down I knew it was the right decision. Over dinner, Mom and I talked things over. I knew I wasn't going to run and Mom decided she also didn't want to run because of the weather. But we were already in Green Bay so we would walk the race. I decided this way I'd still get in some exercise and also I could see the course since I now plan on racing this one next year.
I drowned my sorrows in a slice of gluten free salted caramel cheesecake ;)
Mom and I at the race start!
After experiencing the race, I'm excited to race Bellin 10k next year. With a proper build up and better weather conditions I know this will be a great race for me. The event seemed well organized with a competitive field, there were plenty of on-course water/aid stations, lots of downhills and fun extras like an opportunity to race with elites (Meb, Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Joan Samuelson, etc.), a pre-race pasta dinner, awesome on-course bands/music, etc.
This year's finisher's medal
So what's next? Well, most important is getting my foot back to full health. I'm also working toward my next race, Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 10k. I'm excited about this one because it's another 10k opportunity + there's a brand-new course this year. It's also my 5th year racing a Rock 'n' Roll Chicago event so kind of a milestone of sorts. Even though the weather will likely be hot (it's hot pretty much every year) the race starts early - 6:30am - and the atmosphere helps make up for it with thousands of runners, spectators, on-course bands and an awesome post-race party. I consider this a must-race event!
This year's bling!
On that note, let's get into the part where you tell me more about you! Today's questions:
- Do you have any must-race events? If so, what are they and what makes them awesome?
- Have you ever backed out of a race at the last minute? If so, what made you decide not to race?
- Now that it's hot outside - what do you love most about summer?
I love lazy days at the park or beach, summer festivals, icy drinks and cookouts galore!