Racing is unpredictable. You never know what the weather or the volunteers will hand you. I’ve had a few bad races, a few great races & yup, I’ve had a few race day surprises.
The One with the wrong name
Which would actually be my very first half marathon.
So I checked my bib; what I didn’t check was the timing chip on the bib (it was the kind where you detach the timing chip & tie it to your running shoe).
Until race day. When I discovered it wasn’t mine.
The One where I went the wrong way
No, not during the race. I had only been to this particular area once before. I thought I knew where I was going. Except when I got to the running path, I started walking down the wrong way.
And when I realized my mistake, I ran all the way to the starting line, sure that I was going to miss the start. Of my first 10k.
I just made it.
The One where knee pain first struck
I signed up for my first half marathon in May of 2011; the half wasn’t until December.
That year I simply started running longer & longer races.
Good thing I signed up for that half, because in June I ran an 8 mile race and for the first time I had knee pain starting at mile 4.
I’m not sure I would have ever run a half after that experience if I hadn’t already signed up with friends.
The One where I left my water bottle at home
I had my handy dandy packing list. I checked off my water bottle; I even packed it.
And then I took it out and set it on something in the garage while I put the container I’d packed it into in the back of the car, so I could have water with me up front during the drive.
We left and there the water bottle sat, in the garage.
I learned I could run a half and rely on the water stops.
The One where they DID run out of water
So after learning I could actually run a half without my trusty water bottle, I still took a smaller handheld with me to the very next half: ZOOMA Annapolis.
And thank God I did.
Because they ran out of cups at one water stop & totally out of water at another.
I took that small water bottle so I could sip water between water stops. It was a hot & humid day.
Thankfully I also refilled it halfway through. So I still had water even though the water stop didn’t.
What sort of surprises have you “run” into at races?