This is my first 20k race ever, so this is an automatic PR :-) @runningRonald is part of the organisation/coordination of the business Run, he has been so busy preparing for that day!!
When I signed up for a race, I received my start number at home with a sweet message from Ronald. Thank you RR!!
The business center is a real fancy lounge. It was very nice, not too crowded and enough places for everyone!!
Thank you again for letting us relax in the business center :-)
At 13:15 after delivering my bag, I headed to the start and went all the way to the front of the race to join the competition start group. It was amazingly crowded, I really thought it was a small race but to my surprise it was much bigger than I have expected!!
Start took off on time and I took off with the goal to finish somewhere around the 1:25. First 3 km went really well I felt strong but around km 4 my right calf cramped out in a way that every step I took I felt like a stretch from my ankle toward the middle of my calf....This is really not a nice feeling and I have never experienced cramps in my calves!! Why Now? What happened? what did I do? The more I ignored it and kept running the more I had the feeling that my calf is getting super contracted and it felt very very hard as if I just walked the 1860 steps of the empire state. The thought of stepping out was getting bigger in my head but HEY maybe i did quit once but I am not a quitter and no way on earth I was going to stop. I thought to just run in a comfort pace till the finish and that what exactly has happened. After ignoring my cramp for 10 km, somewhere around the 14 km the cramp was gone and I enjoyed the last 6 km without complaining and questioning myself!
A constant pace to the finish and I crossed the finish line in 1:27:26. Yes I am disappointed but Yes I am happy to have finished despite the cramps and Yes I did enjoy the race, the surrounding and everything that this course had to offer!!
At the finish I bumped into more runners which I knew and most of them were happy with their results but I didn't waste time I headed fast to the business lounge where hubby was waiting for me, we headed home and still managed to have a productive fun afternoon the 2 of us with PeuterD.
I always find it so rewarding when I manage to keep my house neat, enjoy a run or race and be there for my family! The day ended with a great dinner cooked by the best chef in house!! Another amazing Sunday...Looking forward to the next one...