For the 4th of July Holiday I went out of town to Bethany Beach with my wife and her family. I knew getting to the gym was out of the question and was able to slip in a few short runs but it was hot. We got there on Tuesday. It was a lazy few days, lots of eating etc. I saw online a race in Rehoboth Beach about 30 minutes from where we were staying. It said it started at 7:30 on Saturday and I figured what the heck. It would get me out of the house, and cover a gym session nicely.
From Tuesday until Saturday, I literally ate myself to capacity and had little exercise minus a few short runs late in the afternoon. The race would begin at 7:30 AM on Saturday Morning. ** Friday night, we had company and I tried to eat a pre-race meal, but it was burgers and fries, and I stayed up way to late. Not the best pre-race meal but it was on a whim.
Saturday, I got up at 5:45, and drove to the race site. It started at a middle school in Rehoboth. I felt pretty good. By 7am it was getting hot and I was warmed up ready to go. They said that because it was a women's festival, the women would go at 7:30 and the men at 8:00. The heat just continued to rise. It was put on by Seashore Striders and it was a qualifier to one of their bigger races. I was floored. Women were 127 and men were 121 for a total of 248, but it was split. The women went off. A half hour later it was go time. I was hot, soaked by then and just wanted to leave. The gun went off. I am not a swimmer but in run events, I tend to do pretty well. I instantly was passed by about 30 people and thought no WAY. Sure enough, the competition was intense.
With the heat they added multiple water stops about every half mile or so and the families came on the course to pass out water.
At the first mile I was at 5:47 and again, had about 40 people in front of me. My legs were also giving out a bit. I usually pass the water stops but I did not during this event. I took as much as I could almost pausing to drink.
I started to pass a few people. The race went through a neighborhood with no breeze or shade. It was brutal. Mile 2 was around 6:40 ish that included my long water stop. The final mile, I passed a few more people and came in at 19:40 a PR and 2nd in age group (only 4) but hey I will take it. Overall I was 25th out of 248. I was thrilled when it was over. Good day, another podium, and a PR.