So.. there's my confession. I bandited a race (for those of you unfamiliar with the term, "bandit racing" means to run a race without registering). I did bring my own water and gel, haha. I also took an old bib number and folded it over so you couldn't tell it was actually from a Turkey Trot several years ago.
It ended up being a disaster though. I started off the race and felt great, besides a little bit of a stuffy nose. Then about 5.5 miles in, I had to let Allyse go ahead of me so I could use the port-a-potty (the first time I have ever needed to during a race). Honestly, I'm not sure what happened.. if it was some kind of bug or I ate something that I shouldn't have, but I actually had to stop at every port-a-potty for the rest of the race (super-embarrassing). And a 7-Eleven employees-only bathroom, after promising the sweet old guy that worked there that I would buy coffee from him after the race. And I actually did go back too and ended up buying a gatorade to say thanks.
But yeah, I did finish. I figured I was supposed to run a long run that day anyway, so I might as well finish. I had to walk for part of it because of my messed-up system, but I paused my Garmin for that. So I only ended up running 11.9 miles. But with all the times that I stopped adding up, my clock finish time was around 2:45. Yikes. There was actually hardly anyone still finishing at that point, since it was a smaller race (less than 2000). When I turned the corner to finish, it would have been more noticeable if I didn't run through the chute so I went ahead and went through it. They had a whole bunch of medals left (with maybe only couple dozen or so runners left to finish) so I went ahead and took the one that they gave me. I felt guilty.
|The medal also functions as a beer bottle opener.|
In other news, I just registered for a 20-mile organized training run that's in a couple weeks. Yikes, I'm nervous. The marathon is coming!
Have you ever bandited a race before?