Yesterday I thought that my first 5k of the year would be the worse thing of the day. I figured I would have a horrible time, trouble with my blood sugar and be sore. I don't know if this is good or bad but the 5K was the best part of my day, the Super Bowl and the Broncos performance was demoralizing, I'm still in shock!!
After a month of my only cardio coming from basketball I expected the 5k to beat me up. In January I had a case of post marathon burnout. I was going to the gym but I would only lift and wanted no part of running or being on the bike. With that I expected a 5k time close to twenty-five minutes. I also expected higher than normal blood sugars, especially because the race was starting at noon. Noon is a very tough time for me to run or bike, I'm always debating if I should eat before or after my exercise.
Yesterday I decided to have a small snack at 10:30 and hope for the best during the race. I had a blood sugar of 236 as I began to stretch and went on a two mile warmup run. As I began to warmup I felt good, I was happy to be racing again and was getting that feeling that I belonged. As I returned to my post warmup I was sweating and feeling great, with twenty minutes until the race would start my blood sugar was at 186, I drank some Gatorade and listened to the Killers to get in to my kick butt running mindset. At the start I saw a lot of the Westerly Track and Athletic Club members, I was questioned why I didn't have my WTAC singlet, each time I responded with "I don't want to embarrass the WTAC, this could be an ugly 5k for me." As the race began I felt great, the course was flat but I felt strong, I was shocked that I would be able to see the cop car in front of leaders for the first two miles of the race. As I got my confidence back I took it to the next level with just under a mile left, As I approached the mile 3 marker I was drained and had nothing left to give a final kick. My time was recorded at 23:31, I was shocked. I quickly headed to my car and tested my blood sugar, I was at 132. I needed that blood sugar to be perfect to really get me excited about the season ahead, January as I said was horrible, but it only took one race to fix me. I'm feeling great and can't wait for my training run
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