No watching the clock.
Nothing but a plan to cross the finish line with a smile.
I was worried. You know that to be true, but I was VERY happy with the way the day went. I went into this race just to run by feel, wear a tutu and a smile. It was good day. It was the kind of day that I needed. I think planning was key.
First the boring stuff.
From talking to other athletes with Hypoparathyroidism, I had a plan. I purposely waited till we got to the venue to take my 500mg of Calcium and my Calictriol. My water bottles were filled with water and cal-ez powder to keep my calcium. I brought an extra packet to use along the way. Each packet contained 1,000mg of calcium carbonite, but it is fast absorbing because it also has 1,000 units of vitamin D which is needed for absorption. Studies have shown that even healthy people calcium levels drop during rigorous exercise. For a person with working parathyroid glands, the body will adjust (although you still might want to talk to your doctor about adding supplements), but for a person whose body can’t regulate this can be a problem. Now while it may seem excessive to have taken almost 3,000 mg of calcium in such a short period of time for me I believe it was necessary and a work in progress. All I know is that I felt good during the run. I did not experience any face twitches or tingles. Although I was pushing at the end and did get some tingles in my hand, but all was good.
We left early as you often have to do when running a race that starts at 7:30. The “clown car” as my son called it when we got home was filled with excited Mama’s. We were very lucky that one of the Mama’s knew the in and outs of not only getting there but finding an open bathroom before the race.
Then off we went.
It was strange to me that the marathon runners and half marathon runners all started together, but it mattered not to me as long as I was starting with friends. For the most part we ran together, but as will happen during the course of the race we separated into smaller groups. Might have something to do with chatting the miles away and not realizing that you’ve lost sight of others in the group.
Am I sore today?
You bet. But I bet so are so many other people:):)
I’ve got some fun stories to tell about this race, but this is enough for today.
It was a great day with some amazing women and I am so glad we did it!
And yes, I do have a unicorn horn:)