Note: This is my personal recap for the race, complete with how I actually did. For my review, with info on logistics and other things, check out my post on BibRave!
I headed to Jax Beach this weekend to run the March to Get Screened 5K. It's a charity 5K designed to raise awareness for the importance of getting a colonoscopy. I met up with some friends to run.
These guys are way faster than me, so I planned on just winging it. Truth be told, I'm really not in great shape. I've been slacking in the gym, and just got over a bad virus that had me sick for a few weeks. I planned on running for a few minutes, then walking for about 30 seconds. Running on the beach has always been tricky for me, and that's when I'm not gasping for breath.
The race was a simple out and back on Jax Beach. It was in the 40s and pretty breezy, but the sand was packed hard, so it was a little easier to run on than I thought it would be.
Race Playlist (I had no time goal, so I just threw a bunch of songs onto shuffle right before the race started);
Since it was a little chilly out, I didn't hydrate properly before the race. Usually I aim for a gallon of water a day, but for the past few months I've been slacking in the water department. I carried a bottle of water with me on the course, but I was still really thirsty. After about 3/4 mile in, I got hit with an insane cramp that left me basically doubled over in pain. I had to walk for another 1/2 mile while I watched everyone else run past. I did manage to get a shot of my friend Daryl as he ran back on the second half of the course.
This was a really tough race for me. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't thinking of giving up, but that was difficult to do since it was an out-and-back course. When we hit the turnaround mark, I was even more upset to realize that for the last half of the race, we'd be running with the wind knocking us over. It hurt to even breathe, and I felt like I wasn't moving when I was running. I ended up walking a lot more than I wanted to, and I think I crossed the finish line (almost in tears) in around 38:00.
I know I shouldn't be that disappointed - I've hit 3 miles only a few times since my injury. With the wind, sand, and how cruddy I felt, there was no way I was going to have an ideal race.
After the race, we all went to Lynch's (an Irish pub at the beach) for a post-race party. As bad as the race was for me, it was still a great event put on. They had live music and each runner got 2 beers. My friends and I stuck around for a little while before heading out to spend our Sundays relaxing.
For me, it's back to the drawing board. Hopefully the next race is a different outcome.
Do you like running on the beach? Are you too hard on yourself after a bad race?
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!