Monday, May 09, 2011
Thanks, SparkFriends, for celebrating with me. You really added to my sense of accomplishment and joy. You are the greatest!
I don't have near as many race tips to blog about this time as I did after my first race, but I do have a four tips today:
My first tip is to just keep living and staying in shape. In many age groups there were hundreds of competitors. It was a big race with almost 1300 entries and 1096 finishers. But in my group, women 60-64, there were only 14 competitors. I noticed there were no entries in the 80 years and older group. If I just keep keeping on, could there be a first place in my future? Well, it could be our generation will produce more fit competitors than our parent's generation. Time will tell!
My second tip is don't underestimate your ability when choosing a line up position. I started with the 10 minute a mile group, but everyone must have overestimated their ability. I was way back in the pack and they were slow - slow - slow. The first place winner in my group finished 1 minute 2 seconds ahead of me, but her chip time was only 7 seconds ahead of me. The second place finisher did finish before me, but her chip time was 30 seconds more than mine. I did not realize they were awarding by "gun time" rather than the chip. I should start much farther up in the pack and will next time!!
My third tip is to train for the race conditions. My quads are still sore today when they weren't sore at all after my first race, nor after my usual training runs. I knew there were going to be some hills and I trained a little on the little hill on my street. There were three bigger hills in the race. If I had it to do over, I'd find a couple bigger hills to practice on. I know I really lost time on the last hill.
My last tip for today is don't skip the award ceremony. That's twice I got an award and did not attend. The first time I really didn't think I could have won anything, I was by myself and decided to go to Weight Watchers to tell a supportive group about finishing my race. This time I was not alone. I was glad my hubby was there at the half mile mark and the three mile mark to cheer me on. But he didn't want to wait for the award ceremony. The next time I'll be at the award ceremony following the race, to celebrate whoever wins!!