As my warmup began on a cold and blustery fall morning I was feeling like I was going to run a bad race. My muscles were tight but my blood sugar was right in range which made me feel good. The first mile of my warmup run I went to the local market where a good friend of mine worked, I spent ten minutes with him talking about sports and life. That helped a lot, I was relaxed and not worried about the race, I just wanted to go out and have fun. I would run two more miles before checking my blood sugar and heading off to the starting line. My blood sugar was still in range but at the lower end of my set range, I would have half of a Gatorade and half of a Cliff bar. That would keep my blood sugar in range and allow me to run the race that I wanted.
As I was at the start I was feeling good, I felt strong and knew if I ran my race that the results would speak for them self. I started strong and felt very good, as the race entered a trail i was happy and enjoying every step. At mile two a hill would bring a bigger smile to my face, I could pickoff more runners and coast on the downhill. As we got back on the trail no one was behind me, it was either attack them or be happy sitting at the back of the lead group. I would pick off two runners before hitting the three mile mark. As I turned for the home stretch the shadows helped me tremendously, I could see a shadow catching up to me and went in to sprint mode. Just sprint to the finish and see what happens. As I reached the finish I was spent, i had left it all out on the course. I would win my age group but barely maybe less than .1 of a second.
At the finish I found the person i was sprinting with, I shook his hand and said "Good race" we would talk for a couple minutes. At that moment I learned what running was about, it's a family, you go out and want to beat everyone but at the end you are family. I learned a lot from this race, I learned that my blood sugar can be a little lower in my set range and that I will be ok. My warmup is the most important part of any race right now, that lets me know how I feel and how my blood sugar will be while I race. I have a ways to go when it comes to trail running but I feel that I'll be ok. I will have a much better understanding of how I am doing next weekend after my first true trail race. For now I will enjoy my blizzard and my win at my age group!!