So here we are 2 days after the Entenmann’s Great South Bay 5k and I want to reflect a little more on this. Some things I have learned for the next race:
- If possible pick up your race packet before the race. Easier just to have all your materials before the event. Also helps keep random race number stealers from taking your number.
- Bring a roll of toilet paper. No I am not kidding. I will from now on bring a roll and keep it in my backpack. These races usually are packed and I can see how the TP can run out.
- Wake up earlier then anticipated so you are not running around like a chicken with its head cut off in the morning and to make time for extra bathroom trips due to a nervous stomach.
- Eat something. I didn’t eat a thing before the race and nearly keeled over when I crossed the finish line.
- Don’t wear makeup. I put on a face full of makeup before the race because I was going to be meeting some new people. They don’t care what you look like. I was sweating so much it felt like my eyelashes were sweating and my mascara was running down my face.
- Bring a print out of your race confirmation. In case they lose your registration you have proof you paid and should be racing.
Okay so now that is all out I am looking forward to my next 5k. Most likely doing a turkey trot 5k race the morning of Thanksgiving. Will post after I sign up.
I also went ahead and emailed the race organizers about my race number mix-up. I didn’t want anything from them but I wanted to highly suggest doing something next year to prevent this. I was already stressed and nervous that morning so having to wait 20+ minutes for a race employee to help me almost sent me over the edge. I feel better just sending them an email to let them know what happened.
So I checked the race site to see if they updated it with my correct information and race time and no such luck. The person who took my race number ran the half marathon.
And they were fast with an average pace of 9:04.
But I need to let that go and move on. Could have been worse. They lost the registration of the person in front of me waiting to talk to the race director and she could not even run the race. I would have been LIVID! God bless her she was so calm.
I take this all as a learning experience and next time will be different (hope so!) Overall I am so proud of myself and my accomplishment. I don’t say that too often about myself and it feels good. Back on the road tomorrow during lunch. Gotta prepare for the next race!