Sorry for being absent for the past few days! Lately I’ve been stuck in some kind of writer’s block, but I’m hoping to get out of it soon. I do have a few recipes I want to share with you!
A few weeks ago my company got an invitation to the Munich Airport Race (info in German). This race is not open for everyone, instead the companies located at or close to the airport get invitations. That also means that there is no entry fee! I wasn’t sure if I was ready for a race yet, but my co-workers/Lunch Break running buddies insisted that we had to do it as a team. So I signed up for the 5k. Yikes!
So last Friday was The Day! My race was scheduled to start at around 2:30 pm, so I had plenty of time to sleep in – I took the day off of work – and fuel properly.
Breakfast - Fried egg and Tofurky (sort of)
I decided that I also needed a light lunch to hold me over until the start of my race.
Lunch #1 - Toast with butter and apple syrup
When we arrived at the airport at around 1 pm it became clear that this race was not a small one! About 850 people were running either the half marathon, the 12k, or the 5k. And there were lots of booths that sold sports related gear or offered free stuff like water, fruit, juice, ice cream, etc. As I have quite a sensitive stomach, especially when running, I only had water. Lots of water, as it was already quite hot out there.
I was roaming around for a while, chatting with co-workers, sipping some more water, cheering on the long distance runners that started before the 5k runners, until it was finally time to line up. I made myself comfortable at the end of the pack, right before the walkers.
A few moments before the start
You won’t find me in that picture, I was way back, far behind the fast guys. And then we were off!
The 5k course was an out-and-back course, unfortunately without mile markers, so I had to estimate my pace. I was determined to run at my own pace, so when some runners started to pass me, I did not try to chase them. My goal for this race was to run the entire course and to finish strong. Secretly I also hoped to beat my personal best and finish in under 32 minutes. As this course was flat as a pancake, I was quite optimistic to reach all of my goals.
Despite the heat I felt really good during the whole race. I pushed myself hard, but not too hard, to save my breath for a strong finish. And I even had fun! At the turning point my stop watch showed 16 minutes, so I was still on track. When there was about one mile left, I gradually started to speed up, as I was still feeling strong. And I even passed a few people! As soon as I could see the finish line, I began to sprint. I really wanted to give it all I had, to have no regrets later on.
A few seconds after crossing the finish line - gasping for air
Official time: 31:06 minutes!!
I just can’t tell you how proud I am of myself and my very first medal! Isn’t it pretty?
Check out my new bling!
Lovely fresh cold juice
After cooling down and chilling with some fresh juice and a slice of watermelon, it was time to join my co-workers for (free!) lunch number two.
Drowned but yummy baked potato with salad
After watching the award ceremony – oh my, some of the runners were freaking fast! – it was finally time to go home. And have a much-needed shower. A few hours later my post run appetite kicked it, so I made a quick dinner.
Friday night = Pasta night
I really had an awesome day and enjoyed the race much more than I had expected! I will definitely do more races in the near future, aiming for a 10k this fall, and maybe even a half marathon next year? We will see.
Have a great week, folks!
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