Going into this race, my diabetes management was less than stellar. Contrary to what doctors want, I don't test prior to the start of a race. My nerves make me run high and I get more uneasy by seeing a high blood sugar reading on the screen. I go 100% based on feel. After doing a warm-up, I felt OK, but not the best. I thought it might be from running the day before, or just nerves. But, I believed I would PR. Here is what actually happened...
Average Pace: 7:02/mile
Overall Place: 26/199
Female Place: 7/95
Age Group: 2/10
This race was not chipped-timed, so I promptly positioned myself near the front of the start. The 10k and 5k were starting at the same time, and I didn't want to get stuck behind any walkers or slower runners. The gun went off and I went out too quick. The first mile was way too fast, but I felt good - 6:35. By mile 2, I decided to slow it down some, and successfully did.
Mile 4 is when my blood sugar nightmares happened. At that point, my blood sugar was so high all I wanted to do was puke. I am not sure about you (if you have diabetes), but when I am in the 300s I just feel like absolute crap. But, I knew I still had a 43-minute finish in me if I kept on going...no matter how slowly. Mile 5 ended up being my slowest mile, yet I had a good kick. I think I was just so happy to see the finish line. Also, I was ready to be done. I don't enjoy courses where you have to do the same loop twice. It is just not fun.
Overall, I am happy with my time. I rarely race 10ks, but I am starting to like that distance. However, this race left me tired - not only my legs from running, but all from the blood sugar fiasco. I ran an additional 5 miles later in the day, but that is nowhere near the 13 I wanted to get in. However, I am not too concerned. With some rearranging of my schedule, the problem was easily solved.
What is your favorite race distance? I can't decide...I love them all!