Yesterday, I had the pleasure of venturing through downtown Durham. Despite the high humidity (90% to be exact…) the race was a success!
And, although, I’m very proud of my pace, and overall placement for age group and gender..I’m measuring the success of this race in a different way.
I know what pace my body is capable of. I commit to long distance runs every Saturday morning and have easily sustained an 8 minute pace for 9 miles. I didn’t go into this race with a pace goal. I didn’t set myself up to meet an expectation.
Instead, I made a commitment:
to be aware.
I wanted to soak up my surroundings. My focus was to be aware of the bliss and gratitude that surrounded me when I ran. I centered on the sights, the sounds, the scents that were present; that were a part of this journey with me.
At one point in the race, I told myself to keep my head up. And I did just that. I looked up, peered around at the sea of people surrounding me and soaked up the empowerment that came from recognizing I was one small part of this big community. Pretty powerful stuff.
So rather than trying to control my pace, my body, my breath…I just let it be. I ran. I smiled. I enjoyed my time on the road with my fellow runners. I truly believe this is why I had a successful run.
That and my fuel.
There are many components to living a balanced life style. Creating a balanced mindset is probably the most necessary, and difficult to achieve. Balanced nutrition is key, especially for athletes.
Night Before the Race
I planned my meals the day before the race to allow myself to have most of my carbs at night. Carbohydrates provide stored energy. So, I had strawberry banana protein pancakes followed by some oatmeal for dessert. And water. LOTS of water ALL DAY LONG.
Morning of the Race
Coffee. And more water. Followed by Shakeology with half a serving of whey added to it. I’m the odd one out who has to eat right before a work out. Shakeology before my runs has proven to work for my body. It provides me with TONS vitamins and minerals. It leaves me feeling energized and ready to go!
2 Chia Bars (1 acai berry, 1 chocolate peanut butter), 1 banana, 1 sesame seed bagel with 2 egg whites, 1 cup of greek yogurt with a scoop of strawberry whey protein and 1 cup of protein fiber almond flax granola from Whole Foods. I. Could. Not. Get. Full. When your body burns calories, it’s VITAL to restore those calories. I may not have gotten full…but I also never got that post race crash…because I fueled my body properly! Restored my body with carbohydrates and rebuilt muscle with protein!
Here’s some ramblings of me talking about the race. Other topics coming soon:
the value of quality race gear
why I’ve stopped blasting music during my workouts