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Women’s Run 2012

September 15, 2012

So, today I ran the Women’s Run here in Munich. I initially signed up since I thought it would be good to do a race before the half marathon in October and also because I actually believed that women were less competitive than men and would not take running so seriously….man, was I wrong! But let’s start from the beginning.

Today was quite a busy day since it would have been my moving day. I’m moving into a new flat with friends from work and initially wanted to move today. But since the run was more important my mom and brother are coming to Munich tomorrow to help me carry boxes.

Breakfast

I started my day with breakfast, oatmeal with banana and about 1/2 tbsp. of frozen berries….it was all I had left. Unfortunately I do not have enough time during the week to prepare oatmeal in the morning so I have overnight oats instead {OK, that was total lie….I would have time but I prefer to spend those precious minutes on pinterest!} Anyways, the oats were topped with spelt crunch granola and mixed nut butter. On the side I had tea.

This, to me, is the perfect pre-run breakfast. Problem was however, that the run was not in the morning but in the afternoon. So, after thinking about my lunch options I decided to go with pasta and do some “carb-loading”.

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Not sure whether food has any significant impact on an 8K run, but I like to think that everything I put into my mouth will influence me in some way.

Lunch

The pasta was surprisingly good. While I was packing and doing some laundry I had 4 medium tomatoes simmer for about an hour. I seasoned the sauce with basil, salt, pepper and chilli and added a few sun-dried tomatoes about half way through and some zucchini towards the end for some extra nutrients. A sprinkle of cheese perfected this very simple looking meal.

Before it was time to go I also had 2 cookies, just because I can’t not have them.

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And I also had some magnesium.

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Before actually making it to the Olympiapark where the race took place I dropped of the first bag {full of shoes…hehehe} at my new flat. I then made my way to get my race bib and timing chip.

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The race started at 5:45pm which I thought was quite unusual. The women running 5K started at 4:30pm. By the time we lined up it was really chilly so I wore a long running shirt instead of just a short-sleeved one. I was literally shivering while waiting for the countdown to begin and was happy when the race finally began. It was a sunny day but it is mid-September so the afternoons and nights are cooler. By the time I ha run the first kilometer I already regretting wearing my long-sleeved shirt…all of a sudden I was HOT!

{This was the 5K run…everyone was wearing pink!}

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I lined up towards the front since I wanted to keep up with the fast runners. I saw that last year’s winner finished the 8km in 30 minutes and I knew that if I ran with the good runners I’d much more likely have a really good time. This plan backfired though. While the first 2km were really good {about 5.10min/km} I got tired quickly and had to reduce tempo. It felt so bad to have everyone take me over but I just knew if I ran too quickly I might not be able to finish at all.

After 4 km {my pace was around 5.25min/km at that point} I was still pretty tired. My thoughts kept drifting off and I wasn’t really concentrating on the race but rather focusing on unimportant things. I tried to run at a comfortable pace for the rest of the race but somehow my legs felt very heavy today. Not sure what was wrong! When I saw the 7km mark I increased my pace once again wanting to make a grand finish. However, the last kilometer was set around a race track and then up a hill so I was really tired and couldn’t really find the the energy that I needed for the big finish sprint.

I was surprised by my time though. I finished in 43 minutes and 55 seconds {I placed 255th overall, and 77th for my age group} I was still  a bit disappointed though that I couldn’t keep up with the good runners. From today’s run I did learn that for the half marathon I should run at a pace that’s comfortable for me, even if everyone else runs faster! image

During the run I did think “how am I supposed to ever run 21km if running 8km is already so hard” but now that I’m back at home, showered and wearing comfy clothes I actually feel like it should be possible, even if I don’t finish in world record time. The idea of getting a finisher bag full of goodies really is enough to make me run!

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Time to do some packing! See you all from my new flat!

PS. The internet in my new flat is slow and unreliable. Thought I’d warn you beforehand just in case I can’t blog for a couple of days. I’ll try to make it work somehow, I have some great recipes I want to share with you! And if worse comes to worst I’ll just have to go to Starbucks every single day Smile

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4 Comments

  • Reply Meghan@cleaneatsfastfeets September 16, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Congrats on the run. Timing isn’t everything and it’s super impressive just doing it.
    Good luck with the move. At least you started with the important stuff ( shoes).

    • Reply Antonia September 16, 2012 at 7:28 am

      thanks meghan….ya, I know taking part is everything….
      I’m sure we’ll have lots of fun today. only about a gazillion pans, pots and tablewear to carry. oh and of course a ton of cookbooks 🙂 have a great sunday!

  • Reply Nina September 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

    😀 Good job on your run! Like Meghan said, it’s very impressive already. Hehe I forgot to ask you what was in your swag bag on Saturday but I see you included a picture of it already. There’s so much stuff in it!

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