25K Race Report: I Felt The Burn… Literally

by jennifer

I’m happy to report that I made it to the finish line of this year’s Fifth Third River Bank Run. I felt well prepared for the race after training for more than five months with my Road Warrior team. We trained in crazy cold temps and high winds. We practiced attacking tough hills, too. But we never practiced for what I encountered at mile five: heartburn.

I ran the last 10-plus miles of the race in a bit of chest-burning discomfort, but I made it. I was hoping to finish the race in less than 2 hours and 10 minutes, but it ended up taking me 2 hours and 18 minutes. It wasn’t a great race for me and slower than my last 25K, but I’m not letting that bother me. I’m already looking ahead to next year and considering another marathon run this fall. We’ll see how it goes. In the meantime, I’m researching diet changes and natural remedies for heartburn. If you have any tips, please do share.

Now that I’ve checked this major event off my to-do list, I’m going to excavate the overflow of craft supplies in the dining room, cook and bake more, whip up a bunch of looms for some upcoming shows, write my book proposals (finally!), plan a camping trip with my family, dedicate time to sewing clothes for the girls, curtains and cloth napkins for our home and design an iPad case for my husband. And I’m working on the next podcast episode, too.

Thanks for all the kind words about the race and my apron. I really appreciate it! And congrats to everyone who participated in this year’s Fifth Third River Bank Run event from the walkers, wheel racers to the 5, 10 and 25K runners. It’s such great event to be a part of.

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