Lesson learned: Never get a flu shot before the race. (perhaps just avoid flu shot)

The story start two days ago, i went for flu shot, apparently it is highly recommended especially if you work at hospital, which my lab is located at the UW hospital. So yesterday i was late to work, could not get off the bed and the scheduled 10 miler in the morning changed to 3 very slow commute (it felt hard even think about 10 miler). As the day progresses, felt my body temp is a little high, went to pick up new racing singlet at noon (4.5 miler felt like forever). ShXX, tomorrow's race gonna be bad!!! After consult my friends, doctors, realized it has something to do with the reaction from FLU shot. Normally takes couple of days to feel normal again. Anyway, I thought this coming race going to be a training run and a learning lesson. 

Race morning, had quite a bit for breakfast because yesterday during my run just felt like so low on energy (body immune response from the flu shot). Jogged two miles to the start which felt okay not as heavy as of yesterday morning so it is a go i guess. The first mile went pretty smooth, start from 2nd mile start to feel leg fatigue could not get the knee high enough, anyway, just felt off, oh, it is going to be a long race. However, I try to stay positive not thinking about why did I randomly chose this Thursday for the flu shot (although it has been flash through my mind couple of times), instead try to focus on increase the turnover and reduce grand contact time. I was not going to give it up.  Although some races I treat as a training run, but it is only means I am not going to disturb my training schedule but I will try to bring the best out of myself on the race day. It is my way to respect the race, others, and myself…  It has always pays off, after the turnaround with 6 miles to go, I start to get the rhythm and power through to the finish line.

Although not a great race for me but still get the Win:  learn to be though, one step at a time, focus, and with successful negative splits.

Here is the running dynamics

 

Splits Time Distance Elev Gain Elev Loss Avg Pace Avg Moving Pace Best Pace Avg HR Max HR Avg Run Cadence Max Run Cadence Avg Stride Length Calories
1 06:06.1 1 3 -- 6:06 6:02 5:36 160 167 199 213 1.32 52
2 06:27.3 1 16 -- 6:27 6:26 5:57 165 170 200 210 1.25 58
3 06:36.2 1 -- 21 6:36 6:31 6:21 164 168 200 208 1.22 58
4 06:30.1 1 -- 6 6:30 6:27 6:17 164 168 199 203 1.24 58
5 06:34.4 1 -- -- 6:34 6:28 6:28 164 167 199 203 1.23 58
6 06:30.9 1 -- -- 6:31 6:28 6:28 163 167 199 203 1.24 57
7 06:32.5 1 5 -- 6:33 6:30 6:21 163 166 199 206 1.24 57
8 06:20.3 1 -- -- 6:20 6:19 5:40 165 169 199 210 1.27 56
9 06:28.0 1 -- 7 6:28 6:24 6:15 164 167 199 203 1.25 57
10 06:31.6 1 6 -- 6:32 6:26 6:15 163 168 199 203 1.24 57
11 06:28.3 1 -- 4 6:28 6:23 6:21 163 166 200 206 1.24 55
12 06:23.5 1 22 -- 6:24 6:23 5:57 167 171 200 210 1.26 56
13 06:11.7 1 -- 14 6:12 6:08 5:54 170 173 201 210 1.29 56
14 00:34.3 0.1 -- -- 5:48 5:04 5:56 173 175 206 210 1.35 5
Summary 1:24:15 13.1 52 52 6:26 6:22 5:36 164 175 200 213 1.25 740