Another race that almost wasn’t…I woke up yesterday morning with the start of the head cold that my husband and son have been battling for a few days. With tons of fluids, I was hoping to be able to race the 15k that I planned to bump up to. But while I was feeling better, and thought I was well enough to race, I knew that the 15k would be too much, particularly in triple degree heat.
And so, I toed the line in the 5k race that I was registered for. And I knew within the first minute that this was going to be another painful one. My body felt run-down, and nothing was working as usual.
The race consisted of two, 1.8-mile loops. After the first loop, I was in first place for the women but wanted to quit. Still I forced myself out onto that last loop knowing that my tank was almost completely empty. When a friend came up from behind, I had no response, and was actually slightly relieved that I could let the reigns up just a little bit.
Somehow with a combination of running and walking, I was able to finish the course in 2nd place and immediately sat down in a chair next to the med tent feeling dizzy and nauseous. Determined to not have another ER visit, I began to chug. I chugged water, coconut water, and pickle juice until the fog cleared.
And now I know I’m going to sound like a broken record here- but I am constantly struck by how important it is to take care of your body, and listen to it, especially during the heat of the summer. I could have shown up for the 15k race and just thrown the dice to see what happens. But, I also didn’t want to be 5 miles out on a loop when I realized just how sick I was.
Whether you are battling injury, facing a chronic illness, or whatever situation you might be in, your body is always talking to you, giving you feedback, and telling you what it needs. It’s just so very important to listen to it and respond accordingly.
So back to last night… After the race, I spent the next few hours spending time talking with friends- both old and new. And that is one of the things I love so much about trail running- the community. Even when you have a complete suckfest of a race, there’s still the awesome camaraderie of friends waiting for you at the finish line.
It’s not just the joy of racing that brings me back, but the relationships that I have made over the past 5 years. I am so truly thankful for my trail running friends and those that help encourage and prop me up when I have had a rough night, or that cheer for and congratulate me when I have had a good night. This is just another reason why I love trail running so much.
So, thank you to everyone that I have met along the way. I’m excited to continue to share this journey with my trail running friends- both old and new.
***Special thanks to all of my wonderful sponsors: Squirrel’s Nut Butter, for keeping me chafe free; Honey Stinger for continuing to fuel my adventures, and SolRx Sunscreen, for protecting my skin in the brutal sun while I train. And a special than you to Aravaipa Running for another fantastic event- I’m excited to continue the year as one of your new Community Leaders. And thank you as always to my husband, son, and parents, for being a constant support.
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