All morning my blood sugars stayed right in range but I was feeling a bit off. I wasn't hungry and was tired. Before any race I'm having a cliff bar and bouncing off the wall. I'm not sure if I was very focused or just not feeling good. As I began my warmup run my blood sugar was perfect and I was feeling great. It was at the end of the warmup run that things got interesting, I had to quickly run to the bathroom to sit for a little bit. This is a usual pre race trip for me, my nerves get going and off to the bathroom I go.
As I toed the line I was hearing people talk about how flat the course was which made me very happy. As the gun sounded I was off and feeling very strong, the first mile was on the road and downhill which made my time a little faster than I wanted but I was feeling great. As we hit the trail at mile two I was doing great but had to pee really bad, I figured I'd keep going and see how things went. With a very flat course and wide trails it made it easy to pass and I was hanging out toward the front. At mile four it all changed, I needed a bathroom, I needed to sit for a bit. The sudden feeling was bad, lots of pain and a few close calls. Not wanting to have a mess a ran down the hill that was next to the trail and found a big tree to lean against. What a welcome to trail running!! I'm sitting against a tree and having to use the long sleeve t-shirt they gave us to cleanup.
I got back on the trail and was running very well, until mile six. Luckily they had porta potties at the mile marker, another five minutes lost. That would be the end of my bathroom trips but I was now dehydrated and feeing horrible. I couldn't force myself to eat the cliff bar I had but took a few swigs of water at mile seven. I would be ok until the finish, I was surprised when I saw the clock reading 1:55:00. I had crapped away ten minutes and still finished under two hours. I was happy with that but was left to think about what could've been.
Post race my blood sugar was at the lower end of my range, I would slowly eat my cliff bar without any problems. As the weekend went on I wouldn't feel all that good. I have been cold, tired, and sore since the race. Obviously something is going on, I may have a cold. Right now I'm scheduled for another trail half marathon next weekend, that all depends how family life is and if I'm feeling up to racing physically. All in all it was a great race, I love the trails and can't wait for my next race.