By Laura Conley
The day before the race I felt that little scratch on the back of my throat and knew that meant I was getting sick ... then I couldn't sleep at all Saturday night because my throat hurt so bad and I had a fever! So I woke up 4am, rolled out of bed, drank my Tri-phase and went to race!
I felt so crappy I barely did any warm-up and just jumped into corral 1 for starting position. I began a little to fast at 6:20 pace (goal was to maintain 6:30pace) so then after about mile 2/3 I began feeling run-down fatigue of being sick. I did my best to keep it together and push through but more and more people started passing me which made me feel even worse!
So then around mile 7 I took a Chia Surge and by mile 8 my legs and attitude improved slightly. I realized I was probably calorie deficient so I took another one at that point...
Well, by mile 9 I was a different person! I started thinking about my pace and running faster. At mile 10 I decided "I am going all-out for this last 5K of the race" and took off full-speed ahead!! I must have passed 80% of everyone who passed me earlier and boy were they shocked! I heard "Wow", "What the #$#*^$&", and "Nice Kick!" I think I made up for my mid-race slump by sprinting in those last 3 miles to finish in 1:27:15.
Now I know take the Chia surge earlier in the race or before warming up for that much needed energy! :)