Finally did it! Broke the sub-20 mark for the 5k this past Monday on Coronado Island, running the Independence Day 5k. The great part was my Mom was in town to see it. Dragging both her and Jamie out of bed early for the 7:10AM race time.
My entire goal of the race was to finally stay on pace during a race. I have always struggled to stay on pace in 5k's and 10k's but on this day I knew I needed a race plan. In the past I have always gone out far too hard then hit the wall. Not this time, this time I finally had a race plan.
Here is the race report.
Right upon waking at 4:45AM I had the pre-race breakfast I had made the night prior, gluten-free bread with almond butter (think peanut butter, only made from almonds). My blood sugar was slightly elevated when I awoke so I needed to bolus a little more than usual, however I ended up not increasing the dosage for fear of going low during the race. Although I know I should have covered with more insulin I simply didn't, which kept me high until my pre-race warm up was over.
My blood sugar still elevated, I decided to leave my pump's balas rate at 100%, letting the warm up and insulin drop me back to normal levels. Nice and easy twenty minute run on the first part of the course then off to the starting area where I met Jamie and my Mom again.
Getting to the start line after my warm up, the blood sugar was back to being in a good range for the race. After hearing Cliff Scherb speak two weeks prior I knew a little bit more about how the body would react to the short distance/ high adrenaline event. I had two gels, took off the pump and was off to the line.
The gun goes off and boom! Off!
First time I looked down at the watch I was ahead of where I wanted to be but then was able to hold pace the rest of the race. It began to hurt pretty bad by the four kilometer point, luckily I was able to hold out, continuing pace and ending with a 19:50 chip time. Being in the red zone is temporary, slowing down memories last forever.
Ending in 37th place out of nearly 800 participants, 3rd in my age group.
In the end I was extremely happy with the result. Going under twenty has been a big goal of mine since I started running. I haven't done hardly any "speed work" recently but continue to get quicker. Overall: happy with the results.
Big thanks to my Mom and Jamie for coming out to the event. Glad that my Mom was able to be in San Diego during a race.
"Don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams."
Note: Written in bits in pieces while traveling to the Children With Diabetes Friends for Life Conference in Orlando. Off the pump for a few days now, giving injections. Most liberating feeling I've had in a long time.