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