Please... oh please, please, please!

I am running my first 10K race tomorrow and I am facing a feast and a bar of free booze!  Worst, I just came from an all day book hunting and I can hear my legs screaming "rest please we're running 10K tomorrow!!!"

The preparation I made for my first 10K run is incomparable versus my previous races. I am training regularly this time.  In fact three days ago I ran in Ultra's oval track and hit the pool to swim some laps afterwards.  I also worked on a bit of diet this time. Unlike before that I don't care about diet.  I just eat thinking that I will just burn the calories when I train and race.  So far so good I thought... but not until today and tonight!
book hunting is fun, but not before a 10K race day
Stressing my legs today is unintentional.  I registered early for this run but I failed to anticipate that September is the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) month and that it is in the same schedule as the race week. But today (Saturday) is the only day that we are all available together.  I can not say no to this book fair.  This has been an annual bonding with my kids, a sort of tradition for us to spend almost a whole day book hunting. Book fair experiences taught us that it really needs a whole day or more to explore all the book exhibits, the fun is in there!  Just the same, I was hoping for a half day book hunting but didn't happen of course.

what did u say? desert? 
It was already 6:00 PM when we exited SMX Convention Center and my legs are already killing me.  OMG! we still have a birthday dinner to catch.  We are all starving and there's no way to skip eating before heading home, so off we go our favorite pasta house  where we massacred the pizza and pasta!  At least I had the determination to look away from the sinful blueberry cheesecake and forget the word "desert".

Finally we are back home after an awful traffic and now having second thoughts to attend the birthday dinner.  But the celebrant is a dear dear family friend and every guests are the closest of friends, so that second thoughts cancelled again. As we head to the venue, race tips that I usually (and repeatedly) read before the race day are playing in my head.
  • Eat a light meal, bread, pasta, rice, water and non-acidic fruits like bananas. Avoid dairy products, fried foods, fiber rich foods.
  • Don't eat and drink anything that your stomach is not familiar with
  • No alcohol 
  • Get enough sleep.  Running on just a few hours of sleep is NOT RECOMMENDED
Ok, ok I remember all of them.  We are just going to show up, mingle a little and excuse ourselves. Off we go.

Tadaaaah! A table of feast, a bar of free booze with matching karaoke and a huge bunch of lovable friends' faces greeted us!    Why do the devil of temptation is working tonight? I've been starving for weeks why this table of feasts? Why the idea that those booze will relax my nerve seems a good one?
this is real right in front of me. it's not a magazine pic. i can swallow & gulp all of them right at this moment.

Please, oh please... please... please... I want to survive my first 10K race gracefully.

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