Nov 27, 2014 3:15:00 PM
It all started last night as I was about to go to sleep. Thinking about the race in the morning, I decided to flip through the November issue of Runner's World magazine. I soon ended up on page 36, an article on race prep that listed a series of pre race tips. I joked to my wife, we are supposed to lay out our clothes and pin our numbers to our jerseys as well as attach our timing chips to our shoes the night before, shame on us. Then I proceeded to fall asleep.
We awoke in plenty of time to get ready for our race and it was not until we were more than halfway through our drive into town when it hit me. Our race numbers and timing chips were still on the kitchen table back at home. It was 20 minutes until the start of the race and now we had to turn around and go home to retrieve our numbers and timing chips. The realization just set in, we were not going to make it for the start of our race. I was disappointed, but tried my best to keep positive and remain calm.
After backtracking home and retrieving our forgotten necessities, we arrived to the start of the race. Is it possible that the start was delayed? We were only about eight minutes late and a large group was amassed at the start. I jumped out of the car and ran to the start as the gun went off. I tried to make my way through the crowd, but something felt off. I soon realized that I was actually running in the 3k and already missed a turn on the proper course. My race was essentially over about three to four minutes in.
Realizing my mistake, I was able to turn off and get back in the correct direction of the course. I missed a portion, but was able to fall into the back of the group and continue my run. At least my watch will let me know how much distance I missed and my time for the part that I would be running.
Unfortunately, that was also the moment that I realized that I never even turned my watch on. After doing so, I attempted to settle into a consistent pace, which proved to be a challenge with the number of people, puddles and snow along the sides of the course.
In the end I was still able to get an enjoyable run in on Thanksgiving morning and visit with some friends at the end of the race. I can't compare my time against the previous year, as I was not able to complete the entire course properly, but I still had a good time and also got a bit of exercise as well, which is never a bad thing.
Lesson learned, in the future I will get out my clothes the night before and have my number and chip attached to those clothes, that way we will not leave them behind. Now time to eat...