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- 3 miles
- 00:21 time
- 06:37 pace
- 259 calories
This was the 3rd year for the Healing Hearts 5k race, benefiting the American Heart Association. Held on the grounds of the Martha Clara vineyards, this race has exploded in popularity. Maybe it has something to do with the wine they start serving at 9am? Works for me! That aside, what a great venue for a race, with the course winding through the beautiful grape fields, beautifully manicured grounds, pastures of horses, goats, sheep, alpacas, and emus, and grand estate buildings. Live music and a host of vendors makes this a day long family event. Beautiful weather was the icing on the cake.
Yesterday's workouts left me pretty drained today, but that's been part of the plan. I've been cutting back on carbs the past few days, eating mostly protein, in an effort to drain the glycogen from my body. Then in the days leading up to the marathon next weekend, start refilling those stores with lots of carbs. I know it's been shown that the drain phase of carbo loading doesn't add a whole lot more in terms of what you can ultimately store, but I'm gonna need all the help I can get. I used to do this technique quite often during my cycling days decades ago. It's no fun. Besides being void of energy, you get very irritable and cranky. More so than usual....
The race was only 6 miles from home, so I biked to/from it. Already on the bike ride over, I was getting lightheaded. Once I got there and registered, I found a nice sunny spot to lie down in and dozed off a bit. Woke up with 15 minutes to go before the start of the race, and just sat there, debating if I even wanted to do a warm up or not. Forced myself to jog about a 1/2 mile, then went to the start line. There was nothing in the legs for the race, and my pace slowed exponentially while the effort seemed to climb just as exponentially. Still ended up with an AG win, but there was hardly any competition there today. I broke down after the race and ate a bagel, fearing that I wouldn't survive the bike ride home. Even so, I still ended up getting those white hot flashes that you get when you are really depleted. I'd say the tank is getting pretty depleted. All that's left for today is to cut the grass (2.3 miles. Yes, I've Garmined it), and then the mother of all rows. If you don't hear from me for a few days, call 911 and direct them to my attic.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend, gang!