I still consider myself a newbie in the world of running. Regardless of how many races I do (it’s not a world record or anything), I always find opportunities to learn new things. Take today’s race, for example – my first 10K. Below is a brief list of what I was able to glean from it.

  • Never introduce carbs into your largely Paleo diet the night before your first 10K. Particularly if said carbs are a black bean burrito and copious amounts of chips and queso.
  • You don’t have to drink water at EVERY water station. Nausea may not set in until mile five, but it still sucks.
  • If you don’t do squats very often, don’t do 60 of them the day before your race.*
  • Never underestimate the power of running with a friend. Even limited, gasping conversation can take your mind off the fact that your legs are noodles.
  • The world is not flat. Get used to it.
  • There’s a pretty good chance that you won’t actually die during the race, so just suck it up and finish.


I’m sure most of the above revelations probably haven’t eluded most people. I’m just a little slow, I guess (figuratively and literally).

Have a great day!

*Methinks my workout overconfidence led to my dinner choice fail.