Next week’s topic is What did you learn from your best race?
Ok, I am a week early (but my tips for using a treadmill are “go outside.” lol)
First of all, how do you define your “BEST” race?
Is it a PR? Is it one that you ran as planned? Is it one that you had the most fun at?
I am going to talk about my Half Marathon PR:
Here is what I learned from that race:
- Rest Days during the week before the race are important.
In fact, I need two before race day and no shakeout run on race morning.
- Running All the Miles on the plan is not always necessary.
For me, that is over training. I’ve done better when I skip some of my long runs or shorten them (and run a 5k race).
- Elevation matters.
I prefer flat but not totally flat. Hills but not too many or too steep. I have run one downhill race and it didn’t turn out great.
- Walking is Okay.
I usually just walk at the water stops but that depends on how often they are. If I try not to walk, my pace slows down…a lot. Of course, that means you can’t walk slow or for a long time.
- What you Wear matters.
For me, everything must match. lol.
I cannot be over dressed. I’d rather be cold. (I run warm.)
My feet have issues. So I need new(ish) shoes!!
- I need to Fuel my Body.
During a half marathon, I eat a GU every 3-5 miles. Usually 3 during the race. Sometimes even one before (if my breakfast was more than 2 hours earlier.) When I don’t eat enough, I don’t have the energy to run well.
- A Watch does NOT make you faster.
This PR was at a race where my Garmin kept re-setting after mile 6 and mile 12 so I had no idea of my time until I crossed the finish line.
When I ran by feel, I didn’t slow down worrying that my pace was too fast and I need to save my legs for later miles. I just ran … for fun! No pressure, I think that made all the difference.
- A Positive Attitude is essential.
Mind over Mater, right? If you go into the race thinking negative thoughts, it will probably not be a good one.
I knew that this race did not have a challenging course as half marathons go. I had run the same course 7 months earlier and did well. So I entered the race relaxed and feeling good.
- Anything can happen on Race Day!!
All of the above could be in place and you can have the worst race ever.
The good news is that hopefully it will not be your last race and your best race could be right around the corner.
Happy Running! What have you learned from your “best” race? Please share.