As I mentioned yesterday, I ran the 10K for the Women’s Fitness Festival yesterday. It was a great race and it took place around the California State Capitol in downtown Sacramento. I ran it with a few of my friends and it was great.
The run started at 7:30 am in the morning but it was already feeling warm at that time. I’m used to running indoors in an air-conditioned room or at 5:00 am in the morning outside. So, it was pretty warm weather for me to run in.
The starting line was so crowded and it was so hard to get through the crowd during the beginning. But me, with my ninja skills, found a way through the crowd.
Most of the run was in the shade and in a familiar area (I work in the area) and it was pretty nice except for the heat. I was going at about 9:45 pace during the first mile and a half. I slowed down pretty much after that. The heat was getting to me and I didn’t train well for the run.
My time for the 5k mark was about 33 minutes. The 10k course was the same as the 5k but going around it twice. I kept walking and running the last part of the course to drink some water and to cool down from the heat. One of my friends, who I was ahead of for most of the run, eventually caught up to me. I was just happy to finish. My other friend went way ahead of me after the 2 mile mark.
Overall, it was a good run. I just wish it was a) cooler OR b) earlier in the morning to beat the heat. Considering the heat and the not training well, I did better than my 10k earlier this year. I’m pretty happy with myself. My goal was to beat my last 10k time and I did it.
Of course, I drank a mimosa after my run. I only drank one though (there was a limit of one). By the way, drinking alcohol is one of the WORST ways to refuel after running (it dehydrates you even more) and you won’t be able to replenish your glycogen (aka, the storage form of glucose or energy) especially if you do not eat carbohydrates after your workout (3:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein post-workout). That means, not that as much glucose is stored for your next workout.
Sorry that I had to get some Sports Nutrition in there but I have to inform you guys of proper nutrition. Of course, I ate some granola with yogurt after the run (it was given for free for participants).
That is it for this post.
Do you guys like running?
What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?