This morning, I completed the Chickpea Masala 10K. I know – you thought I was running a Half Marathon today. Well, that was the original plan.
Let me explain.
Around 4:00 AM, I was suddenly awoken by cramps in my stomach. At first, I thought it was nervous butterflies, but I soon realized I was going to throw up. I rushed to the bathroom, fell to my knees, and worshipped the porcelain god for a good 10 minutes.
I spent another 20 minutes curled up on my cold bathroom floor, trembling and sweating, until I convinced myself the sickness had passed, and I was going to be able to run the Half Marathon. But when I pulled myself up and looked in the mirror, all I saw was my green, sallow face staring back at me and knew there was NO WAY I could run 13.1 miles in just 2.5 hours.
I rang Megan (who was going to go with me to the Half) and explain that last night’s Chickpea Masala was NOT agreeing with me.
A simple equation:
Honestly, I “know” that you aren’t suppose to eat anything weird or unusual the night before a race, but I have a stomach of steel and did not think the spicy chickpea masala would bother me. Maybe it was left out on the Whole Food’s hot bar too long?
Shaking and sick, I collapsed back in bed and slept straight through the race start. I was sad, but there wasn’t really any other options.
The Husband woke me up around 8:30 with breakfast in bed (love him):
I ate 1/2 because my stomach was a little sick still. He also brought me tea in our Tower of London teapot:
And we laid in bed for a few hours, planning out our trip to England. We’re going for Christmas.
We decided to book afternoon tea at The Ritz on our 1 year wedding anniversary, January 3. I have NO idea what I’m going to wear to The Ritz – any British readers have suggestions? Can I wear a cocktail dress or do I need to wear a suit?
Later, I ate 1/2 of this seasonal Clif Bar:
And then I decided to RECLAIM MY RACE DAY. My stomach felt a lot better (I guess I just needed to get the chickpea masala OUT of my system), and I really wanted to run.
Introducing… the Chickpea Masala 10K. It’s a very popular local race. Hey, guess what? I won my age division, the female division, and the entire race! Wahoo!
Here are my statistics:
- Distance: 10K (6.2 miles)
- Duration: 1:00:00 EXACTLY!
Honestly, I am really disappointed that I didn’t get to do the Half Marathon this morning, but I have another Half in just a FEW WEEKS – December 5. I’m actually really proud of myself for not having a temper tantrum when I got sick, and I’m pleased that I ran when I felt better. A few years ago, I definitely would’ve just blown off the whole day and chalked it up to my bad attitude.
And guess what? My calf/ankle did not hurt! Wahoo!
I actually have a REAL 10K race tomorrow, and I promise not to have Chickpea Masala for dinner tonight.