Yesterday was my third and final race for April, and my first 10K! Despite my initial intentions when I signed up for this last year, I was not able to train for this race at all. My joint health has been sub par, so I’ve been resting from any high-impact training. My time at the gym has been spent doing yoga, planks, bridges, and bringing up my heart rate on the elliptical. So yeah, I was feeling pretty nervous facing a 10K race.
Fortunately, the stars aligned and I had a really enjoyable race. I was able to manage the discomfort in my hip relatively well, and also maintained a consistent (albeit slow) pace. Despite my less than ideal physical health, everything else was top notch–the weather, clothing, my energy levels, etc. To help me best prepare for future races, I’m adding in some notes of what I did/ate leading up to it. If it worked for me today and I had a good race, hopefully the same will apply for future races, too.