In another last minute decision I thought I would head over to Providence and run not only my 3rd half marathon of 2012 but also my 3rd United Healthcare Providence half.
My pre-race dinner consisted of a juicy hamburger with the best gluten free bun I’ve had the pleasure of eating. Over the last few months I’ve gone mostly to a gluten free diet. I do still on occasion opt for a non-gluten free choice, but I do feel better without gluten so I do this sparingly.
For whatever reason yesterday I was craving bread pudding and as luck would have it, Not Your Average Joe’s, the restaurant we got take out, had it on the dessert menu. It was definitely one of those indulgences I was taking about earlier. Back last spring I ran the National HM in Washington, DC which was the first time I choose bread budding as a pre-race “carb-load” choice. Of course I use that term lightly….it was more a desire to build some calories in a sweet treat option. I have to admit NYAJ’s White Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding was far superior to my earlier choice in DC. So yummy!
The race started at 8 am so it wasn’t a very early wake up call. Providence is just over a half hour drive so I left around 6:30 and found a perfect parking spot on the street to avoid garage parking. Love that city meter parking is free on Sundays!
I made sure to take in my protein shake for breakfast to fuel the run. Once I got to my parking spot, I sat in the car for a few minutes, drank my Vega pre-workout energizer drink and headed over to the RI Convention Center to stay out of the cool breeze and take care of my last bathroom break. I then proceeded out to the start line with only 10 minutes to wait for gun time.
With this being the 3rd time to run this course, I knew there were areas I did not like. I loved that today I did not let any negatives thoughts rule my run. It continued to surprise me as I came up on those “hot spots” and just powered through. It did help that we had perfect weather, I had little to no pain and they changed the course to remove one of the very steep downhills. All advantages in my favor.
I wanted to go out with a comfortable but challenging pace. With the upcoming marathon my main goal was to use this race as part training and part redemptive. I needed to learn to listen more closely to my body. I definitely do not want a repeat of Boston. After the race, I took in my Vega recovery accelerator drink. Are you detecting a theme?
I believe the one thing I learned on this run was that I do need more than water. It did not take long even in perfect weather conditions for the sweat to dwindle and the salt to accumulate on the skin. It is time to introduce Vega electrolyte hydrator in conjunction to my water and gel intake.
Overall, I enjoyed this race. The pace was great, I had a nice burst for the finish and the finisher’s medal is so sweet!
Garmin time: 13.29 miles in 1:55:38 or 8:42 pace