(Pre-race photo of group that I only trained with occasionally because of injuries. I'm standing in pink - the short sleeves was TOO HOT! My coach is beneath me in the yellowish color. She's been my coach & pilates instructor for past 1.5 years and she's TERRIFIC!)
Yesterday's race is DONE! I was trying to say if it was 'good' or 'bad'... I'm just glad it's DONE right now!
As I mentioned, I wasn't as trained as last year (from nagging 'injuries' this fall) and I've gained about 12 pounds. So, I knew my time wouldn't be fantastic. But, I thought I'd be happy with 2:10 (that'd be quite a bit faster than my training!) and THRILLED with 2:00. I got a 2:07:30, which I'm really happy with.
Things that went wrong:
...didn't bring water to drink pre-race & walked around thirsty. I usually drink until 20 mins before hand.
...dressed too warm - that shirt is kind of thick & should have had sleeveless. I rolled sleeves up early in race but still felt hot (temp was 72 at start and 82 at finish)
...went out too fast (1st 2 miles at about 11:45 - last 4 averaged over 13!)
...tried something 'new' - the visor! We were supposed to get in our group shirts, but didn't. But she handed out the visors with team name. It was stiff & itchy & just not comfortable. I kept messing with it.
...bought new water bottles (I drink a LOT & carry water during races!). The water tasted like plastic... pretty gross! And, I was afraid I'd get sick.
...drank too much Gatorade. They had 5 stations and I was hot & thirsty. Drank cup of Gatorade at each. At about mile 9 (I think I might have got water at that last stop) I started getting heart burn! That's never happened! Was worried, but it got better. Oh, and it was lemon-lime, not grape like I'm used to.
...didn't have a fueling plan. During race I decided I'd eat a smaller 'snack' (I use Honey Stingers, not gels) at 30 mins, 60 mins & 90 mins as race would take about 2 hours. I totally forgot the 60 min fueling!! Thankfully, I saw someone else fueling at 90 mins and took that one... plus a little extra.
...didn't get enough sleep. This is typical for me on race nights, but I'm wondering how a good night's sleep would help. I usually get 8-8.5 hours. Went to bed at 10 & woke up at 12, 2, & 4. Next woke at 4:30 and coulnd't go back to sleep so got up at 4:50 (vs 5:00 which was planned). So, 6.5 not-so-restful sleep.
But, again, I am happy with how I performed. I think I did really well for where I'm at this fall. I have my first half marathon of the year next month (5 weeks away) and hope to get in much better shape by then... and lose some weight!
Have a happy, healthy week!