Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics! I hope you all had a great weekend. Seriously, the days are going by so fast and June will be here soon.
This week’s Tuesday Topic: What was the worst thing that happened to you at a race? You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
So many races and over time many of them sort of blend in together. Thank goodness for my race reviews so I can go back and remember a few things about them. For the most part each race has gone well. Some were either too hilly, rainy, cold, etc. These are things out of my control and not much I can do about it.
One of the whe worst thing that has happened to me was at the Omaha Half Marathon. What happened you asked? I fell. That was the first time I’ve fallen during a race/run. I remember feeling great and enjoying the race. At this point we were running in the park. It was shaded but for like a split second the sun appeared and blinded me. I did not see the girl in front of me. I must have bumped into her, and then tripped and fell. It felt like I was in a slow motion movie. I remember every single move I made before landing on the floor. I was shocked and laid there for a few seconds. The runners that saw me asked if I was OK. I got up to scan the damage. No bleeding on my knees but they were scraped a little. There was blood on my left hand and a small scrape on my right hand. I was OK and was glad that it was not worse.
Now that I think about it, runners around me were concerned about ME but I don’t remember apologizing or being concerned about the girl that I bumped into. I am assuming she also fell. Or maybe she didn’t? I don’t even remember.
Years later I can laugh about it. Now it is funny but at that time when it happened it wasn’t. I was embarrassed. Oh well.
I know weather is out of my control but is another factor into what makes a great or bad race experience. I will always remember the RnR Nashville. I did this race in 2013. Not only was the course hilly but it rained the entire time. It was raining while waiting in the hotel lobby for the shuttle bus and didn’t want to run anymore. I was miserable throughout the race and just wanted to finish. When I was done and went back to the hotel to shower, I had chafed in so many places and was in so much pain. Surprisingly I did better than I expected and finished in 2:30:14. I checked my race recap and I posted that I finished in 2:29:39. Hmm, regardless still a great time. 🙂
Another race I vividly remember is the Walt Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon that I did in 2014. The race started late because of the weather (there was a storm). It was a night race anyway so now it started even later. I was cold during this race. It was dark and I just couldn’t make myself enjoy the race. I finished with my worst half marathon time of 3:18:01. Ha, and I hope it stays that way. And that was my last Disney race for that year. I ran 8 that year. Just writing that makes me cringe thinking of how much money I spent.