Stratford 8k

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Yesterday, my hubby, sis and I competed in the Stratford Hills 8k.  It was a smaller race, probably about 200 people or so.  The run started down a pretty steep hill (1 mile) which was pretty awesome in terms of getting a good speed going and then it flattened out for 1.5 miles along the James River.  We turned around running back along the water for 1.5 miles before approaching the big hill for the last mile.

Even though we have been running (with a 10k under our belt) and working out recently, this race seemed a lot tougher than the 10k back in April.  I was frustrated that it was a harder run and I even ended up walking up the hill at the end but I’m glad I did the race.  Some guesses as to why yesterday’s race was tougher than the 10k:

  • 10k training for 10 weeks consisting of 3 runs per week vs 8k didn’t train but ran 2 times per week for past 3 weeks (and did lunges and squats at gym yesterday so my legs were kind of tired)
  • 10k drank a TON of water 24 hours before race vs 8k drank half a bottle of wine
  • 10k temps in 60’s vs 8k temps in 80’s
  • 10k flat vs 8k semi flat with big hill at the end
  • 10k had bands playing all along the course keeping us pepped up vs 8k we had rapids from the river next to us

I did run the majority of the race and my blood sugars were OK so I count it as a success.  I also ended up getting a new badge from Nike:

Fastest 5k to date

Fastest 5k to date

Woke up:6:45AM, BG: 113, ate half cup of Kashi-15 carbs-1 unit of insulin
Before race: 8AM, BG: 221, 0.6 units of insulin (prob didn’t need insulin but was worried about going too high for race)
During race: 8:31AM, BG: 158
During race: 8:50AM, BG: 136
After race: 9:20AM, BG: 100
After race (hour after): 10:08AM, BG: 73

Ran: 4.95 miles, time: 1:00:13, pace: 12’09/mile

Hubby and me after race

Hubby and me after race

Sis and I after race

Sis and I after race

 


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