2019 The Players Donna 5k

March 2, 2019

2019 The Players Donna 5K.

Ah! This is one of my favorite races here in Jax,FL. It’s just a different atmosphere for me. Maybe because The Players has a special place in my heart since it’s one of my mom’s favorite places to be. She just gets super happy going there lol so I like the place.

When I first participated in this race in 2016, (I think it was 2016), the beginning days of my running adventures, I fell in love with the race. I haven’t done it since then (until this year, of course) but I really did love the race. The only thing that was  missing in 2016 was the race medal but even without the medal I would have still done this race this year because it has been a while and every year prior to this year I meant to sign up. This year was meant to be because I got to do it with both my sisters! I am happy that there is a medal this year too. I think the races after the 2016 race had medals, not sure, I wasn’t there, lol.

So anyways, this year’s race was moved to March versus May, which I am thankful for. I don’t mind running in the summer but having the nice weather to enjoy the race is a super PLUS! The course is so peaceful, to me, even though there are so many participants in the race. I am happy that the weather held up with the rain  until later on the day. It was cloudy and a bit chilly, yes, perfect running weather! I wore a tank top and some long pants and it was completely comfortable for me. So kudos to Jax Weather that day, I appreciate you, always!

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My sister said she was cold, while I was just wearing a tank top. lol

The parking lot for the event, was different from the last time I was at TPC, I should have looked at the instructions but I was being stubborn and said to myself, “I KNOW WHERE TO GO, I don’t need to look at the directions.” lol Well, good thing we were like an hour and half early coz I didn’t know where to go. Haha. So first lesson from this experience is to read the event’s instructions! Actually, I just read an article about the 2019 Tokyo Marathon today about how many people were mad that there was a cut off on the 10K mark and one guy was saying how it wasn’t on the fine prints but guess what buddy, it was! So yeah, super important to read the instructions especially in big events like that.

As we walked by the booths and all the free things lining up for us to grab and take! (I’m just trying to remember each moment, super moment by moment.) Each step leading up to the starting line was exciting, for me. I guess for anyone that don’t know me I get super excited a lot, so bear with me, let me tell you how and why it made me excited! First stop, free donuts, Mini Bar donuts, we didn’t grab any of these free things yet because Duh, we’re about to run. There’s some free coffee, free sunglasses, hand sanitizer, free hotdog sandwiches and some free drinks. It’s exciting that these are the things we got lining up for us after the race. (We did grab each one of them, maybe even two of each for some, after the race.) Those are just some of the perks of participating in these kind of events, so enjoy them when you can!

We were a bit early, my fault, I always think races are meant to be super early so I suggested leaving at 6:30 to be there by 7:00 AM. We had plenty of time to take photos and explore the surrounding areas of the starting line which was nice and very enjoyable.

As the runners line up, walkers on the grass and runners by the starting line, our initial thoughts were, “hmm doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of people here today.” But mistaken we were, when the guy told us “GO” we saw the lines of runners right in front of us! There were so many and the spaces where we can run was very limited. It was super crowded and everyone was pretty much shoulder to shoulder in the beginning of the race. To me, this was expected, so it didn’t disappoint and made me giddy and made the adrenaline rush thru me as I watched this massive group of people tackle the golf course.

The whole race, for me, was perfect and very very enjoyable. I will definitely do it again. So, if this blog makes you want to go to try out the race next year! I hope to see you there! ‘Til Next Time!

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Donna 5K Finisher, est 3.2.20219. <3

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Yours Truly Yours,

Piawia

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How I Prep for RACE DAY!

Write down your goals so when you get them you know you were brave enough to make them. – Alexi Pappas

Just to clarify, when I said average I did not mean “NOT COOL” I just meant not an “ELITE”. Just wanted to get that out there because I think I’m pretty cool! 🙂

This blog is about what I do the day/night before the race and race day before the race.

May it be 5k, 10k, 15K, 10 miles, Half Marathon or FULL MARATHON (coz I’m officially a marathoner, est 10.7.2018)

Full Disclosure: I have no certification whatsoever in sports but these are things I gathered from searching the internet, reading blogs, reading books about running, advice from runners and also from working at a running store for a couple of months. HA! Feel free to add to it, provide additional advice and if you just want to enjoy what I share then why not!!!

THE DAY BEFORE THE RACE!

  1. HYDRATE! HYDRATE! HYDRATE! If I’ve been slacking with drinking the amount of water I’m supposed to be drinking. I usually add a coconut juice in the mix to add some more electrolytes in my body and hydrate me more just to compensate for the lack thereof.
  2. CARB DIET! Eat carbs but not too much a day or two before the race. (I usually try to carb load a week before or so especially for long races) I usually go for sweet potatoes (or rice because I am asian and I can’t live without rice and also my body is used to rice)

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE RACE!

I make sure I get enough rest. In order to do that, I prepare everything early, as much as I can (because sometimes it is hard when you have a full time job and the race is on Saturday). I’m usually asleep by 10 o’clock p.m. when it is race day (& UP usually at 5am, depending on what time the race starts).

So here are the things I prepare the night before the race:

  1. My outfit and gears for the race. I pick out what shirt, short/pants, socks, shoes (because I am a runner and I have plenty to choose from) & even my underwear then I lay them all out on my chair where I can easily grab them. I set my running belt close by my clothes and I charge my running watch and my Bluetooth headset. They are all in a place close together so that I’m not panicking in the morning, just in case I wake up late or if I ever get held up doing something.
  2. I also like to prepare my post race bag where I put extra clothes (I bring a whole outfit even though I only change my shirt and shoes after, lol).
  3. After I do that I make sure my nails are cut and are ready to go for race day. I think this is an important part but it just depends on the person too. I make sure I file my nails down. (hope that is not a weird thing) 
  4. I also get my energy chews ready, cut into 4 and placed in a ziploc bag. I also make sure I have a snack, well that is more for long runs/races.
  5. Don’t forget to eat and hydrate.
  6. I also do some yoga poses and then I foam roll my legs and back before I go to bed, just in case I don’t get a chance to do them in the morning. Foam rolling is important to keep your muscles loose and ready for race day. While yoga poses help with stretching your body. 
  7. Set up my alarms! “DON’T forget that part.
  8. I Make sure I have my BIB READY, 4 PINS, remember that! (I forgot my BIB twice for RACE DAY and that made me super anxious and didn’t get to enjoy the full experience of the event since I had to go back home or I was anxiously waiting for my BIB to make it on time but I think some races will reprint a BIB for you, I haven’t tried to do that) 

I think that’s it for the night before, If you think I should add some more don’t hesitate to contact me or just leave a comment on here too.

MORNING OF THE RACE!

These are the things I do the morning of the RAC

  1. I usually try to wake up and hour before I have to leave. I think an hour gives me  enough time to get ready and still be relax before I leave. I avoid waking up late and ending up with anxiety before the race. Although, some races don’t require much preparation, it’s still nice to be out and about on a decent time. (PLUS, you got to worry about parking too and that could add unnecessary anxiety for you day.)
  2. I usually eat 2 toast and sometimes an egg or just jelly. It just depends on what’s available between the two. For short races I can go with just the jelly and a toast but for bigger races I eat 2 eggs and 2 toast and a banana.
  3. I do drink coffee for breakfast too, to wake me up and give me a little bit of energy. I try to avoid coffee a week or two before the race so that it can work better on my body. (sometimes that’s the hardest part of getting ready for a race, Ha!)
  4. I also make sure I get a chance to listen to some running mantras, usually on YouTube, it helps my mental game. I sometimes even read. (lol) Whatever will keep you focus on the positives! I would go for that. You can even listen to music too, whatever floats your boat, as long as it helps with your mental game, I say go for it! 
  5. & before I leave, (after I get dressed and ready) I foam roll and do stretches, if I have the time. If not, I know I did it the night before and I should be fine and usually when I get to the location of the race, I’ll either have the time to stretch or sometimes the event would do group stretching too. I also try to do some yoga poses on the morning of too. These are only if you have time to do so, ya know because I try to wake up early! (that is why it is very important to have enough sleep! 🙂

That’s it. That’s pretty much what I do to get ready for RACE DAY! I hope you enjoyed this and also I hope that it helped you somehow.

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Yours truly Yours,

Piawia