I’m starting this post a bit later than I intended but it’s “summer” for me and plans pop up and I wanted to take advantage of some good times after a stressful day at work. It was really important to me to talk about the lessons I learned this past weekend though.
Things that went well:
1. I got a pretty good night’s sleep for a race night. I get excited, nervous, angsty – all of that, the night before a race so the fact that I only woke up twice before the 6:15 am wake-up call was amazing!
2. I grabbed water and Gatorade at each water station even if I didn’t feel thirsty.
3. I wore my Aspaeris pivot shorts – great scott! These saved me! I should have been WAY MORE sore the next day than I was so I will definitely wear these for my longer runs again. I have two pairs currently but really, I feel I should have 20!
4. I did a good job tapering! I’m not sure I have ever done this before so two thumbs up Amy!
5. I wore my sparkle skirt! I also wore my whole outfit once before race day so I knew exactly what quirks I might have with my clothing – thankfully no major ones. (I put my pivot shorts on backwards, haha, and they still were great!)
Things that didn’t go so well:
1. Ummm… chaffing – boo! I’ll spare you the picture again but man oh man this was unpleasant!
2. Taking a Motrin 800 before I started out. I still haven’t quite figured out what to do about this since I need the pain relief in order to run but I fear this was one of the issues with getting dehydrated.
3. My poor attitude about my finish. I was disappointed, which is fine but I was pretty down on myself. I gave myself a mental shake and took in all of your LOVELY comments and realized, WOW! I ran 15 miles!
4. I ate like crap the whole week before. Haha, I’m not kidding folks, looking back on it now I still have no idea what I was thinking!
5. I didn’t eat any protein within 30 mins of finishing. On Sunday I ate everything.in.sight.
What I learned:
1. Running is a gift and while racing I had FUN! I forgot about this for a minute when I didn’t meet my goal but I have remembered since!
2. Not every race can be THE perfect race. I definitely know I want to change a few things for next time, which just makes me that much more prepared. Also, I finished – wahoo!
3. This might sound odd but since my training was less than stellar, I really shouldn’t have done this well. I might have a wee bit of athletic talent with running! I mean, I am not Kara Goucher but I made it through with sheer heart and determination. I am wondering what else I could do with better training and this is exciting. Haha, I know, now all of a sudden I am thinking I can take on the running world! Once again, my mood swingin’ love of running!
4. I am even MORE determined to run this 25k again next year!
I am sure there are other things I am missing but these are the basics and the most important. The funny thing is, when I was hitting mile 15 it popped in my head I would have to run 11 MORE MILES in October! Whew! I know training will come into play but it really gave me a whole new perspective and upped my respect for all of you 26.2 finishers out there!