As I made the short drive to the race I decided to make a pit stop at a local coffee shop for a double espresso, I was still stuffed up and not feeling the run at all. The espresso did the trick, as I was getting off the highway Spaceman by the Killers was blasting from the speakers of my car. The caffeine had worked I was bouncing off the wall and ready to run, I don't suggest that everyone does that but today it worked. I stretched and then was off for my warmup, on a dreary early November day I was running with a huge smile on my face. It was cool and breezy but it was a beautiful course and running made me feel better. As I finished up my training run I started to feel off, I could tell my blood sugar wasn't in range. I got to my car tested my blood sugar and saw that I was at the lower end of my set range. I had fifteen minutes to get my blood sugar back in to triple digits so that I could run the race. I quickly grabbed one of six Powerades that was in the trunk of the car and one of 5 Cliff bars that was in the trunk as well. I sat in the car tried my best to relax and had my snack. I now had ten minutes, I grabbed my tester threw it in my running fanny pack and was off to the start.
Once I arrived at the start line I tested and was happy to see a blood sugar that had three digits and not two, I could race and do so without worry. In went the earplugs and off I went, I was feeling good and looking for a good finish. Unfortunately the race went very well and not much happened, that makes this part of the blog very boring which i apologize for, next time I will try to trip and fall so I can add something good to my post. I would finish the race in a time of 43:38, which I was very happy with. Post run my blood sugar was once again in double digits but nothing crazy, my normal post race routine would have me in range in no time. I learned a lot about myself today, I learned that espresso will definitely get me going if I'm not feeling great. I also learned that if I face a little challenge before a race that I know how to get my blood sugar back in range so that I can race. Every run and ride on the bike is different, I feel I can be at my best no matter what is thrown my way. That goes a very long way on race day, that confidence makes me perform to the best of my ability. Next Saturday is the big test and I have nothing but confidence going in to that race!!