Run: Turkey Trot 10K
The Mi Amigos, Red Mountain Turkey Trot was my first "real" (timed and fast) race... not that I really raced it or anything; I just ran it. My ITB is still very fragile so I had low expectations. I did however, have higher expectations for my pre-race routine, which failed miserably:
6:00 AM: Wake up; real excited
6:15 Am: Have somehow gotten ready at lightening speed, however I'm sadly out of coffee filters
6:16: Drive to Starbucks, buy coffee, get gas, drive home
6:50: Pack up bag, drink protein shake
7:00: My cousin arrives
7:05: Can't find keys
7:06: "Oh, they're where they should be" (on key hook).
7:07: [in car] "Oh sh**, where are my keys? I just had them!"
7:08: Walk inside, grab keys (still on hook) drive to deep east Mesa (45 minute drive).
7:30: "OMG! [step on brakes] Am I on the wrong 202?! (There's two 202's in Phoenix... God knows why)
7:32: [After two minutes of panicking, pull off road, check GPS on phone, realize I am indeed on the correct 202, flip a U, and get back on 202.]
7:50: Arrive at Red Mountain Park, race destination
7:51-8:00: [Realize my water bottle leaked inside my bag. My running cap, which keeps my ears warm, which is a CRUCIAL necessity to my running capabilities, is soaking wet.]
8:05 Walk up large hill to sign-up booth, realize I forgot cash
8:12: Jog back to car
8:20: Jog back to sign-up booth, sign-up, jog back to car to prepare and stretch
8:30: I have to pee
8:45: The line for the bathrooms is too long. Must hold it.
8:46: I forgot my inhaler in my car
8:48: Run back to car
9:00: Run up to starting line, seconds before the race starts with a very full bladder
Next time.. I'll be better prepared.
I ended up having horrible ITB pain in the last 3 miles (probably because of all those warm-up runs to the car) but I didn't walk even though at times it was excruciating. We started off at a fairly fast pace for me, and it felt comfortable and good, however as soon as the knee pain kicked in, we had to take it down a notch.
To make a long story short, I apparently overcompensated profusely and ended up pulling a muscle on the bottom of my right (not the leg with ITB pain) foot. I've been limping for days.
I think the lesson there should be not to push myself too hard, but hey, it was my first race and I'm glad I ran through the pain! So there.
I am not as glad that I am apparently the most forgetful person on the planet.