Next week’s topic is What did you learn from your worst race?
Ok, I am a week early again. But I already posted last week about What I learned from my Best race.
Obviously, runners may disagree on the definition of a “bad” race. It could have been a DNF, one that resulted in a injury, one with PW or just one that didn’t go as planned (re: finish time, weather, etc.)
I am going to talk about my Worst Half Marathon:
I cite this one as my worst not because it was a PW but it was a race that I was the most disappointed afterwards.
Here is what I learned from that race:
- Over training is worse than under training.
2011 was the first year that I ran the half marathon distance and for this race, I really wanted to PR.
As part of my training runs, I ran a 13 mile run and also a half marathon.
Instead of being better prepared, my legs felt tired.
- For Race-cations, bring clothes for all temps and weather conditions.
I checked the forecast before I left for CA, and it didn’t show rain for race day.
And of course, it poured for most of the race.
Now I always bring a poncho to at least stay dry while waiting for the race to start.
- The goal for the race should NOT only be to get a PR.
Because that was my only goal, when I realized that it wasn’t possible, I gave up on doing my best.
The good news is that that was the first and last time that I’ve had a goal of PR for a half marathon.
My goal is now to enjoy the experience, do my best and finish uninjured. As a result, I don’t get as disappointed.
- Mental Preparation is just as important as physical.
When the weather turned out to be miserable, I mentally prepared myself for a bad race… and so I had one.
I have had rainy half marathons after that but I’ve changed my outlook – “It is what it is” and “maybe I’ll get to the finish line faster.”
- After a disappointing race, move on and sign up for another.
or have a drink. LOL
I didn’t give up on half marathons after that race… I’ve run almost 50 more.
I’ve learned to always race with a smile (no mater what.)
- Even in your “worst” race, there are positives. Look for them. Savor them.
I ran the race with the sister of my good high school friend.
I visited many sites in LA and Santa Monica and also met up with two former students who had moved here.
Happy Running! What have you learned from your “worst” race? Please share.