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Before the Race

Last week's Japan Day race was, hands down, the worst race ever. 

The day before, I managed to fill up on chips and dip (and some beer) at a friend's birthday party.  I knew it wasn't the best idea, but it was only a 4 mile race, so I thought it would be ok.  It was too hot out to eat real food, anyway.  I went to bed early, but it was too hot to sleep.  My dog couldn't sleep, either.  I "woke up" feeling gross. 

The humidity was about 97% and it was still hot.  I decided it was too hot to wear my lucky hat.  I remembered those great races at the beginning of the year, when it was 5 degrees out.  I missed those days. 

During the race, all around me, people were walking.  I had never been tempted to walk in any race, including the half-marathon I did in March, but I was feeling pretty faint.  And, when I hit 2.5 miles, I walked.  I started running again after a while, but you can't un-walk.

In an hour and a half, I'm running a 10K.  I'm trying not to think about last week too much, but ... 

I had pasta last night and went to bed early.  I woke up early enough to have breakfast before the race.  I've made a new playlist.  I'm not forgetting my GuChomps or my water bottle today.  And I'm definitely not leaving my lucky hat at home.

Wish me luck!

-Gym Belle-

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