Now seemed a good time to find a bathroom. In effort to stay hydrated for a race I drink plenty of water the night before. This does have me getting up a couple times during the night but as long as I stay hydrated I am cool with it. The first restrooms I see are two porta-potties right as you enter the gate for the school. Although not my favorite, I am not too squeamish to use a porta-potty when nature calls and options seem slim. These were the most disgusting porta-potties I have ever seen. The first one that I went into someone had pooped on the seat. I promptly moved on to the next one. This one was not very clean but the seat was at least poo free.
Business taken care of I set to stretching and talking to a few of my fellow racers. I found out from one of the ladies that there are nice flushing toilets in the school that we are allowed to use. Duh! I met an older gentleman while we were lining up for the race that said he has a goal of running a race in every town in CT. What a goal! He has 36 towns left. He told me that the town he works in, Sterling, CT doesn't have a race but that he and his friend were going to see about planning one. I thought that was pretty awesome.
I started the race in the middle of the pack. I was going a nice steady pace of about a 10 minute mile. The course is fairly flat. I ran the first km but had to stop and walk for a minute a little after that. The heat and humidity were getting to me. Having MS, I have to be extra careful in the heat. Heat seems to bring a whole bunch of my symptoms like blurred vision and fatigue back. I continued the race with a run walk run pacing, running for 5 minutes and walking for 1 minute. I finished with an unofficial time of 38 minutes, about an average of an11 minute mile. Not my best but clearly not my worse.
I am a little disappointed that I had to walk some of the way. I generally can run a whole 5K without having to walk. The heat has gotten to me. I forget sometimes that I have a disease that in some is very debilitating. I should feel lucky that right now it is only causing me to add a minute to miles.
The T-shirt From the Race.