This week’s theme for the Friday Five is “Race Day Surprises”. Have you ever been caught off-guard (in a good or a bad way) before, during, or after a race? I thought I would reminisce about a few of those moments that come to mind.
1. The perfect finish line treat
I remember that after the first time I ran the Baltimore 10 miler I crossed the finish line and was immediately given a cold towel. This was greatly appreciated on such a hot day! To make things even better, there was also watermelon at the finish. These are now some of my favorite things after a hot run!
2. Surprises in elevation
I usually check out an elevation map before a race, but sometimes I feel like the courses don’t resemble the map at all. The worst thing is thinking “it’s all downhill to the finish” and then being faced with another hill to climb.
3. Beer on the course
I’ve yet to try this, but I have certainly been tempted. One day (probably when I’m not having a good race) I will probably go for it, just to say I did!
4. An unexpected win/placing
There have been a few times when I thought there was no way that I have placed but somehow ended up with an award. There was even a time when I saw another female finish before me, and then found out I got the first female award. I was really confused, but later found out the other girl was disqualified.
5. A planned detour
So this isn’t something I have yet to experience, but I read about it for the Tulsa marathon. Apparently there is a Center of the Universe detour which adds an extra .3 miles to the race! This makes it known as being the shortest ultra-marathon, because it’s actually 26.5 miles with the detour. It’s free and optional, and the decision to take the detour can be made while you are running the race. I probably won’t do it if I’m on track for a PR, but it does sound like a great experience!
What are some surprises you have encountered on race day?
Would you do the Center of the Universe detour?
Have you ever had beer during a race?