Thursday, July 31, 2014
So I did my first 5K yesterday. It was an awesome feeling to complete a goal and it be on time. But with that experience came a few lessons that I need to put out there.
Don't skip preparing for any of it. Fail to plan, Plan to Fail. I know I could have sunk that goal of under an hour if I would have worked harder. It was completely do able. But I didn't do all my training, stretching and work that I needed to put in to get there. If I want to move forward and do more racing activities I need to get serious and have a competitors mindset. As a friend pointed out to me I am an athlete and to be a better athlete I need to train right. Discipline is good for me. It gives me structure and adds to my confidence and self-esteem. Practice makes more perfect.
No pain no gain. I kind of injured myself yesterday. See I didn't realize that walking in the rain would cause chaffing on my thighs. It wasn't until I changed after my race that I realized I was going to be in some pain for a few days. It also means I might not get to walk today and that is no bueno. From what I have read you are supposed to walk/run at least a little bit the day after a race to help your muscles. Because I walked maybe it won't hurt me but in the future it will when I get better at running. Also tip to remember I have bigger thighs then I would like so I need to put baby powder, a sports product made for preventing that or coconut oil on to prevent the chaffing. It stings so much and I think my thighs are swollen if you can believe that. I am completely embarrassed that one thing overlooked now has me walking around like I am saddle sore
. It looks funny I'm sure. Definitely a lesson learned.
Diet and proper sleep is very important. I was so wasted from pushing myself yesterday and probably not being fueled correctly that I crashed out and slept a lot yesterday. I need to make sure I sleep well the day before and find out how to fuel myself before a race. I know I need to carb up but I need to figure out what carbs and how much I should eat.