Race Rewind

Hi Friends!  It’s Tuesday!  You know what that means – Tuesday’s on the Run.  I’m linking up with Marcia for this week’s post.  The topic is Race Rewind:  What race do you want a do-over on?  It could be to train or race differently, or to relive the awesomeness.  So, let’s discuss! 

I actually have two races that I want to talk about, a do-over and one that I want to relive.  First, let’s talk about the do-over.  The race that I would love to have a do-over on would be the marathon that I ran last year.  As proud as I am for finishing it, in hindsight there is so much that I would have done differently.  I have no doubt that if I approached my training a little differently, then I wouldn’t have gotten sick and I would have finished in a much better time.  I would train differently because by the end of training I had pushed myself so hard and was so worn down that I was pretty discouraged going in to the race.  Training became a full time job, and I understand that it does, but I would like to do it differently.  There are two main things that I would change if I could do it again:  sleeping and eating.  First of all, I would go to bed earlier, and get more sleep before long morning runs.  Actually, I would make sure to get more sleep overall.  I think I would try to do my training runs at different times.  During training, I did all of my long runs very early in the mornings.  So, I would be up late, and then up early and I felt twice as tired.  If I could do it again, I would make sure to sleep more before I went to run. 

My First Marathon New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (14)

The second thing I would change would be my eating.  I went about it all wrong during training.  But, at that time, I didn’t know.  Since that race, I have figured out that my stomach does not handle pasta or pizza very well (which I ate before every long run) so I would figure out a different meal to eat the night before the race and the long training runs.  It’s crazy because it has always been my ritual to have spaghetti the night before a race.  The week before the race, I ate pasta every day for lunch. 

Last Week of Marathon Training (13)

If/when I do this again, I will find something else to eat besides pasta.  That will hopefully make a difference in me getting sick or not. I will also make sure to refuel better.  During my long runs, I would run so much that I would feel sick.  So, when I got finished I wasn’t hungry at all.  Instead of just eating something, I would not eat at all.  There was one run towards the end that I ate some eggs before the run at 6:30-7:00 that morning, ran 16 miles, and then didn’t feel like eating anything until 6 that night.  I know that can’t be good.  I still struggle with this now, but am working on it.  For some reason sometimes when I finish a long run, I am not hungry at all.  (Other times I’m like a bottomless pit!) I’m working on making myself have a protein shake or at least a banana when I finish. 

My First Marathon New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (6)

The next race I want to talk about is the one I want to relive!  It’s the Go Girl Run OKC, and it was my first half.  Going into this race, I was in the best shape that I have been in, and my mind was in the right place.  I was ready for it, and really excited about it.  I didn’t have any doubts and I wasn’t questioning whether or not I was ready.  This race was so much fun, and I loved every minute of it.  I ran the entire thing without getting tired or having to slow down or walk.  I finished it in 2:05, which I thought was pretty good for my first half.  I would love to be back in that shape and have my mind back in that place.  My Sunday run this last weekend was the first one I have had in weeks that my mind was in it.  I’ve been struggling with getting into the run, and I’ve been trying to distract myself with audiobooks, but they haven’t helped that much.  So, I was happy when I just went out and ran and wasn’t thinking about being done.  That race was one that I was really able to enjoy.  The running was easy, so I wasn’t having to concentrate on my pace, time, or breathing.  I could just take in all the sights.   

Tuesdays on the run Race Rewind

These are definitely two races that I would love to do-over!  Is there a race that you want to do-over?

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10 thoughts on “Race Rewind

  1. Jenn

    It’s really hard when things don’t go our way – especially with fueling and eating. I also find it to be a moving target – what works well for me for a few months sometimes stops working after a while and I have to switch it up.

    Those strong races make it all worth it.

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      I have started figuring that out too. Foods that I used to be able to eat don’t sit well anymore. It’s weird!

  2. Lesley

    I also find I’m not that hungry after a long run. I force myself to eat something because then I am a bottomless pit, and must eat all the things. Whether it’s a protein bar, or a smoothie, I need something that I don’t mind forcing myself to eat, because then the day’s recovery is much easier.

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      I usually try a smoothie. I can usually get that down. But nothing else works! Sometimes I am like a bottomless pit and want to eat everything in sight. LOL

  3. Rachel

    You look so happy in that pic! What a great feeling!

    It’s normal not to be hungry after a long run. You’re not alone. The thing is to rehydrate and try to get a little something in right after. But don’t stress about it if your appetite isn’t there for about 24 hours after a long run. It happens.

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      Ok I’m glad I’m not the only one that does that. It would really worry me when I would have no appetite for hours afterwards. I thought something was wrong. I’m so glad to know it’s okay! Thank you for sharing that!!

  4. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I always feel a lack of sleep when I am marathon training. I try to go to bed as early as my body allow, but morning comes way too early. I have done so many training runs tired. I never get a good night sleep before races either. I think it is just the nerves.

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      I’m the same way. And sometimes I get up with so much adrenaline and it never bothers me, but other times my body is so tired when I try to make it run. lol You just never know!

  5. Jennifer

    I know the feeling of wanting to be back where you were before (your half marathon)! I know you can totally get back to that, especially after your long run last weekend. That’s my new goal as well! To get back to when I was in great shape and mentally “free”.

    P.s. looks like you had an awesome trip!

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      I’m glad you understand! Sometimes I feel like people think I’m nuts. My friends are like you’re running all the time, how is it any different? It just is! lol Good luck to you on your goal. I know you’ll reach it too!

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