I had terrible sleep issues Wednesday and Thursday night last week. I woke up at 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep for 3 hours. I laid in bed thinking about dumb shit and I probably got a couple hours of broken sleep before my alarm went off at 8am on Thursday morning. I woke up literally feeling like a zombie and wanted to cry my eyes out. On top of that, my stomach wasn’t feeling very good. I called out sick for work on Thursday and spent most of it in bed.
The same thing happened Thursday into Friday, but I felt a bit better when I woke up Friday and was able to survive my day of work. After a few beers Friday night, I had an alright night of sleep going into the weekend. Come Saturday night when my stomach turned into a ball of knives on fire. Yeah, it wasn’t pretty. My stomach gets like this sometimes, but it never lasts more than a night, so I was hopeful for race morning.
I got to bed late, only procuring 6 hours of sleep and woke up with the same (not quite as severe) uncomfortableness I was feeling the night before. I ate a kids Clif bar and brought a seltzer water with me as I headed to Flushing Meadows Park to run the Queens 10k.
I wasn’t feeling so bad and thought if I drank enough seltzer I would be okay, minus the fact it was a bajillion degrees outside. I met up with Celia real quick before the race and talked a bit about the dreadful heat and then we parted ways into our respected corrals.
Too bad it was brutally hot out, because this is an easy course and I really love the park! I was trying to start out slow, but recently I’ve been sucking at pacing myself, especially in the hot weather. I drank water at the 1st water station and sadly regretted it because it made my stomach hurt even worse. I HAD to drink water though, there was not getting around it while running through this hot and sunny course. The first 3 miles flew by! I was feeling pretty good.
Mile 1: 8:47
Mile 2: 8:45
Mile 3: 8:46
I felt like I was pushing myself enough. I was trying to take it easy because of the heat, but also because of my stomach. I felt like I was just running a strong training run. It was during mile 4 where my stomach pains returned with a vengeance! Ugh, I was really struggling at this point. I was surprised to see how fast I was still running, it probably had to do with the fact that I just wanted it to be over. I stopped at every other water station and even though water made me feel worse, I knew it was necessary.
Mile 4: 9:16
Mile 5: 9:05
It was definitely hot and the sun was burning down on everyone there. I ran through most of the sprinklers and they actually helped a ton. So glad they had them
I felt a bit better during mile 5, but then I felt even worse during mile 6! No relief whatsoever towards the end of the race. My stomach was yelling at me to just roll up in a ball and stop running.
Mile 6: 10:02
Mile .29: 2:27 (8:24 pace)
I finished, chugged a bunch of water and gatorade and sprawled out on the grass. After about 10 minutes my stomach finally calmed down. I stayed and rested for a while before I decided to leave.
I was feeling much better on my way out of the park. I was also very happy and surprised to see medals at the end!
I finished with a time of 57:13, an average pace of 9:05, which isn’t too shabby considering how uncomfortable I was the whole time. I even managed to beat my Mini 10k time from a few weeks ago, which was another not so great race. The heat sucked, but my stomach was what bothered me the most.
I’m still not 100% today, hopefully I will be back to normal tomorrow.
I loved this course and the park is perfect for a 10k! I know many people were angry that they dropped this down from a half marathon, but I’m pretty sure most were happy about the change after realizing what the weather was going to be like.
*Edited to add: The vBarre giveaway winner was Jenny! She has been contacted and will be starting her classes next week. Congrats Jenny!