Race #15- Suck it up Buttercup 5k, July 14, 2013
H-E-Double Hockey Sticks! That's how we spell 'hill' in Florida!
A couple of people in my running group have made this phrase a mantra, of sorts, and everyone's favorite race director friend of mine decided to give us all something to suck up, so to speak.
Remember how I complained about the cold race day weather all those times? This was not one of those times. Florida. July. 100% humidity. In addition to being hot and sticky, the race course was definitely the hilliest course I've ever run, and likely one of the hilliest in the state. One person called the hills "lung crushers". Most people couldn't breathe well enough to get out any words. Despite being a challenging race from every possible perspective, there were hundreds of entrants, all ready to suck it up and run. The race directors actually ran out of finisher's medals a few days before the event, ~100 people still registered with the understanding that they were too late for a medal.
I, along with 25 or so other
|I also made it my goal to sweat until I could wring out each article of clothing. Congratulations, me!|
|My dad crushed his under 25 minute goal, and earned himself a 2nd in age group cowbell award.|
It just so happened that the article I had bookmarked in my 4-months-old issue of Runner's World to read last night was:
From what I understand, stupid *#$%ing race-day brain, or "The Blerch" is a bit of an epidemic among runners. According to the article, it's super important to train and tame the brain and those ridiculous thoughts that pop up and turn swift feet into leaden ones. I haven't actually finished reading the article yet (the magazine has been sitting next to my bed for 4 months, you think I can read a whole article in one night?) but I think it's good advice to teach your brain to think helpful, true thoughts. 'Specially when you're also training your body for a marathon (EEP!!!).
Do you ever deserve a punch in the temple?
Marathon training. (It's on my mind, couldn't help but mention it again.)