|Sent on:||Monday, August 13, 2012 5:29 PM|
My girlfriend went with me to Colorado Bend to watch me run part of the Captain Karl's series of night races. At the last minute, she decided to run the 10k and being the gentleman that I am, I let her use my Camelbak. I reasoned that the aid stations were close enough together that I could make it and not be too dehydrated.
Made the first aid station with no major issues, thirsty but nothing serious. Made the second aid station with no issues. After the second aid station around miles 7-8, my contact in the left eye decided to go back into the eye and would not come back out no matter how much I tried.
The unfortunate thing is that seeing at dark is hard to do due to the 2D aspect. Seeing at dark with one contact left me without any depth perception whatsoever. I had to run with others and use their lights with mine to make out some of the terrain.
Several miles and four falls later, I decided to walk it in. After the last fall, I reasoned that the next one might "kill" me considering the amount of scrapes and cuts I had suffered already.
My issues with dehydration did not appear as parched lips or being extremely thirsty. It appeared in the form of dry eyes, or in this case did not appear. ;-)
Here are lessons I have learned at this race as well as others:
If you have any sage advice I welcome hearing it. I figure that the sum of experiences is a lot better than learning the hard way like I have.