I completed my second race of the season! This was my second time running the Mother's Day run 10K and my third year doing the run all together. It all took place at the lakefront in my city Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Keep reading to learn more about the event, how I trained, what happened last year, what was on my playlist, and so much more!
Last year I had a lot of fun doing this run. These are my official finish line photos from last year, unfortunately this year they didn't have a finish line photo for me. I couldn't see where the photographer was and apparently he couldn't see me neither lol.
My goal last year was to finish in under an hour and I did just that with less than a minute to spare lol. There is a timer right by the finish line, I remember seeing it and sprinting to the finish line in order to reach my goal. Here was my post from my Instagram story last year with my official finish time, I finished in 7th place in my age group.
One thing I will never forget about this race last year was a conversation I had with my uncle about the run. I remember talking to him about how the race went and finishing in 7th place. Guess what he told me, "you can do better than that". I was proud of myself for reaching my goal but when he said that, I realized he was right and that made me want to work harder on my training. A lot of times while I am running I can hear him saying those words and it gives me push to go harder. These words also follow me through my everyday life, when I'm working towards something sometimes I have to stop and ask myself "Are you really trying your best?". Usually the answer is no and it forces me to put more effort into things I want to accomplish.
How I trained
This run came just about a month after my first race of the season, you can read more about it here. From that run my training continued, and I ran 50+ miles to get trained for this race. I would have liked to double that, but I was either busy or unmotivated some days to be completely honest. I hate to make excuses but the weather added a lot to my lack of training this time around. Even though it is mid May, most days still feel like we are stuck in winter instead of spring.
Here is a slide show showing how each of my training runs went. On top of these runs I was still teaching group exercise classes four times a week, you can now find my schedule here! I have also been getting bad stomach cramps while I've been running and that really has slowed me down. After doing a bit of research on it I think it is mostly due to dehydration. My goal is to drink one gallon of water a day and hopefully that will stop the stomach cramps. I also have been adding more fresh fruit and veggies to add to my hydration. If you have any tips for stomach cramps please leave me a comment.
Race day took place on Mother's Day May 12th 2019. It was still a cold day for May, but the sun was shining making it beautiful day for running along the lake. I started off strong, but the stomach cramps started kicking in at about mile 3 almost half way through the race. As more runners passed by me, it almost seemed impossible for me to endure the pain from the cramps. I took advantage of the two water stations on the way to the finish line and was able to push through without stopping. My goal was to finish faster than my race last month and somehow I did it! I ended up finishing in 4th place in my age group and about one minute from 3rd place!
One thing that also helped me get through this run was my playlist. I have a full running playlist I will share in the future, but I usually just hit shuffle and let my playlist surprise me! Check out the slide show below to see what songs it picked. There was a total of 16 songs that played, sometimes my shuffle doesn't match my mood, but it did it's part that day! Which song do you like from my playlist? Leave a comment and let me know!
After the run
After the run, there was no medal, unless you placed. Since this was a Mother's Day run we were instead given roses and cake pops. The rose was nice, I actually brought it to my mom along with some orchids and wine for Mother's Day. There were no vegan goodies at the finish line, just water. But the rest of the participants enjoyed cake pops, chocolate chip cookies, and trail mix. The trail mix was not vegan due to the little milk chocolates inside. Hopefully next year they will add some fruit or veggies to the mix for us vegans.
I really enjoyed this run, I will most likely participate next year as well. I haven't decided what run I will do in June yet, but I will share when I'm signed up. Make sure you follow me on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with me and my training. And please subscribe to get e-mailed AfroVegansMeet updates and new blog posts!
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