Join me as I travel around the country to fulfill my goal of running a marathon or half marathon in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

How to Make yourself Ill.

I'll let you in on a little secret if you want to make yourself ill (to the point where you go home and curl up in bed watching Notting Hill for the 8th time). Just do the following:

  • Run a 5k in 98 degree weather (heat index of 104)
  • Promptly inhale 2 bananas, 2 bags of Goldfish, and 2 beers.
  • Head to Chick-Fil-A and order a chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and a vanilla milkshake. 
  • Get on a very hot subway to make your way home.
In all seriousness, it was a really well-organized race and I enjoyed spending time with people from my running group, even if I felt like several times throughout the 3 miles my feet were melting and flames were coming off my face. This was my first night race and it's definitely a different feeling. I mean usually it's brunch and nap time after races...last night it was dinner and bed time. 



The Crystal City Twilighter had computers set up so you could immediately find your race results. Pretty cool!


I doubt I deserved all that post race food for running a 5k at a 9:46 pace, but there is literally a magnet between me and Chick-Fil-A. For real, I once ran 5 miles just to get one of their sandwiches. Read about it here.

1. Have you ever done a night race? Do you like them better than traditional butt-crack-of-dawn races? I liked the night race atmosphere, but I think I'm still a traditional race girl.
2. Do you still watch what you eat or is it no-holds-barred after races? Clearly, I think we all know my answer.


Happy Running, 

14 comments:

Megan said...

I want to try out a night race!

It's hilarious how many carbs I load up on the night before a race just to do a mediocre paced/slow 5K!

Mon Amour said...

I really want to try a night race but there aren't many where I live. Too bad it was so hot for your 5K

Chels said...

Great job on your race! Usually on race days I consume more calories then usual. I figure I usually race harder so why not eat more :)

Julia said...

haha. um yes. chik-fil-a...i do love that place. SO MUCH. i have done 1 night race (not counting ragnars) and it was a bunch of the same...humid craziness. it was fun though. i would do it again but I think it would be an every once in a while thing :) I like being finished in the morning. Pretty much any time I workout I treat myself...oops. sounds like an awesome race!!! great pace in the heat!

Team Lando said...

did a twilighter in similar conditions a few years ago... ROUGH. may try one someday when it's not 100...

Britt said...

I've never done a midnight race, but always wanted to. Did a 5k at 7:30 a few weeks ago, and I actually really enjoy running at that hour of the day.

The just put a chick-fil-a here in the city, but haven't yet ventured to it. The line is sometimes out the door and I'm kinda anti line waiting, is it really that good?

Austin said...

1. I love running at night.

2. I'm pretty sure watching NOtting Hill would be enough by itself to make me cur lup in a ball and hurl.

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

1. Have you ever done a night race? Do you like them better than traditional butt-crack-of-dawn races? I actually do the summer series here and they are all night races. I don't mind it but it is harder to run after a long day.I don't love getting up soooo early though for the am races!
2. Do you still watch what you eat or is it no-holds-barred after races? NO! That's why i run!!

Neon Blonde Runner said...

I love me some chik too. It's the only thing open late night at the hospital, during overnight shifts.

I heard of the crystal city 5k, I grew up in Arlington. Sounds like fun, but NOT in that heat!!

Running Moose said...

Sam! I have done an evening race as well as a night time trail run (you had to bring your own lighting) and I loved them! I plan on doing another night time trail run in the fall (they both have beer stands at an aide station). As for eating after races I definitely watch what I eat right after- mostly because I haven't figured out what to eat before a race that won't make my stomach feel bad after the race. Plus, I like to hurt during 5k's and really push it. I also had issues because of being stupid- I changed the energy drink that I ran with DURING A RACE! How stupid was that? And it was a half! dumb, dumb, dumb...

Erin @ UntilYouTri said...

Aw, I was supposed to run this race, but between my sprained foot and coming back from vacation, it didn't happen:( I guess with the heat it's not a big loss, but I'm still a little sad. I ran it a few years ago, and have done another couple of twilighters...I am not sure how I feel about them. It's weird having to think all day about the fact that you have a race that night...and wondering what to eat/how much walking around etc. to do.

Also, I love how Pacers is getting so technological!

Richelle said...

I've done a few night races. I'm with you... I prefer traditional start times.

I always want a burger and a beer after a race. ALWAYS!

Little Miss Runshine said...

I really want to do the Vegas nighttime race! I'll actually be in Vegas around then but will have just finished the Philly marathon!

Man that is a HOT race you did! Great job for doing it. I'd be pooped and want to just skip to the post race activities! haha

Fruit Fly said...

I've done a 5pm race, which killed me because of being under-fueled and the heat was just too much. But I did a midnight run, too and loved it!

I guess this makes Vegas even more of a perfect race for me. I love a huge race and the atmosphere it brings. I love Vegas. I love night running. Perfect!!!

And once I am done with a race ... healthy food? What's that?? After my first half I loaded up on pizza, fries, nachos, popcorn, pretzel, margaritas, rum drinks .... basically if it was in Walt Disney World and I wanted it, I ate it!