I was so psyched that today's 10K would be "easier" than the one I did last week. The course was flatter. It was earlier, so it would be cooler... Well, no such luck! Not for me, anyway! My daughter actually ran today almost a full minute faster than last Saturday's race. I actually finished significantly slower.
I was disappointed, to say the least and exhausted. I've been thinking off and on all day about what went "wrong". To put it all off on the humidity would be looking for an excuse - yes, it was more humid, but the water stops were plentiful and I was feeling the exhaustion well before the half-way point.
Was I overly confident? - possibly. Every course is different and while this course had fewer hills, than last Saturday's, it's overall elevation change was just a lot more subtle, with the grade being very long and gradual.
Was it a hydration or food issue? I don't think so. I drank plenty of water the day before and early this morning. There were water stops every mile for the first half and every 1/2 mile on the second half of the course. There were even fire hydrants spraying water so you could run under them if you wanted...
Was it the venue? Last Saturday's was in the country with lots of grass and a breeze. Today's was in the heart of downtown Lexington (small city, but still urban) with little breeze, but still on some partially shaded streets.
Was it the number of participants? Last Saturday's event had fewer than 100 while today's race has over 3,000 participants. Today's race was chip timed, so I'm sure it was very accurate, but there were times during the first part of the race, where I was forced to keep someone else's pace because of the sheer number of people.
Was I trying to do too much too soon? Who knows! Yes, I finished two 10K events in 5 days - more effort than I have asked of my body since childbirth!
I guess it boils down to a mixture of all these things and maybe more. I just can't put my finger on one single answer. Will this stop me? Heck, no! I'll just accept this and move on. For the next couple of weeks, I'll concentrate on running more miles, gradually building up the distance I can run vs. walk in my way toward fully running a 5K. I'm still moving forward - still looking toward successfully competing in a half marathon in October and getting fit.