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Ten for Texas... what went wrong (10 mile race report)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

(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! emoticon

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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPEEDYDOG 10/18/2012 7:49AM

    For all the things that went wrong you still had an amazing finishing time. So it wasn't your best race. No biggy.

I have never ever ran as fast as I think I should. I have never been as prepared as I wanted to be. Stupid things like work, family, and normal every day things get in the way of our athletic aspirations.

You did just fine. And you know it!

You were not as prepared as you think you should have been. Why is that? There is something in my profession called a "Root Cause Analysis". When something goes wrong, you try to get to the bottom of it. Since you live in Texas, you know it can be hotter than the inside hubs of hell! Why did you wear too heavy a shirt? What do you have to do to keep from getting "nagging injuries". Why can't you relax and get some sleep before a race?

I liked reading about your race experience. Are those tire marks on the Armadillo?

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Thanks, Bruce

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CRYSBROWN1 10/15/2012 2:58PM

    Firstly - CONGRATULATIONS!! You did it and that is what matters!

Second - thank you for sharing the helpful tips because I think that we have all been there making these types of mistakes, especially the "over dressed" one!

Lastly - Sleeping the day before the race is near to impossible but I read and article that suggests to make sure to gets lots of sleep the day BEFORE the day before (if that makes sense) and your body will be well rested.

Great job on your finish and meeting your goal!!

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WE_PA_FIT 10/15/2012 2:46PM

    way to meet your goal despite all the challenges!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Every race is different and a lesson in itself.

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SHRINKINRUNNER 10/15/2012 1:48PM

    You did AWESOME still. Way to go! Hope your 1/2 is great!

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KJDOESLIFE 10/15/2012 1:28PM

    Wow! That is warm. Great job and good luck on your half!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/15/2012 1:15PM

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All that matters is that you're happy with the results! Glad you did a "what went wrong" list to help you plan for the upcoming half!

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 10/15/2012 12:35PM

    kudos to you for finishing despite all the "things that went wrong" and awesome that you got a good time!
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EMMANYC 10/15/2012 12:28PM

    Well done! That's a great time, especially in hot weather and coming off an injured season.

In the past few months, I've had some trouble getting a good night's sleep before a race day, partly because my husband is a night owl and partly because we have kittens who keep waking us up early. One strategy I've been following is to try to get a longer night's sleep the night before the night before the race, so even if the night before doesn't go well, I have some sleep time "in the bank". For example, if the race is on Sunday, I try to turn the lights out on Friday by 10 pm (and sleep until 8 am). Even if get woken up a few times by the kittens, I've still had a decent night's sleep, which makes up for having a disrupted night on Saturday.

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BILL60 10/15/2012 9:53AM

    Very well done!! I don't think tat you will ever conquer the "Night Before Sleep Deprivation". The excitement will not allow you to have a smooth night. But, that's OK. Hang tough and get ready for your next challenge.

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REMEMBER2BME 10/15/2012 8:17AM

    You did great, no doubt about it (despite the irritants).

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FITFOODIE806 10/15/2012 8:02AM

    Wow! For how many things went wrong and you still met your goal! That's awesome. As for sleep, I've heard from several runners that its the night before the night before the race that matters. Not sure if its true or folklore but it helps me. I never sleep well the night before a race.
And, man! That is HOT!!

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GIANTMICROBE 10/15/2012 7:39AM

    LOL you did a million times better than most people would do with proper sleep, hydration, and fuel...!

OK, I need to point out that I am from Erie, PA... so I'm sure our idea of "hot" is way different. I would be dying in 82 degrees with a "thick" shirt on with just the sleeves rolled up! OMG! It sounds like a fiery hellish death to me!!!!! I would probably quit! Or just rip the dang thing off and leave it on the ground.

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LIV2RIDE 10/15/2012 6:57AM

    I think you did a great job! I know you had a lot of challenges and you overcame and still finished the race. emoticon

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IONA72 10/15/2012 4:21AM

    I think you did a great job. It is good that you have journalled your experience, it will be useful for future races. Good luck with your next 5 weeks of training, hope all goes well.
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