The best way to recap the 26.2 miles (my 5th full marathon) that I ran this morning can best be described in three categories:
The GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY.
Ahh…so now that we have that out of the way, let’s go.
- As mentioned above, my outfit choice was comfortable, weather-appropriate and I received lots of compliments on it. It was a miss-mash of items that my friend Lisa from RunWiki would have been proud of: Adidas Adizero cap, Target C9 top, Lululemon PaceSetter Skirt, Tough Chik arm warmers (from my HTC team) and (unpictured) ProCompression socks & Brooks Pure Flow shoes.
- Organization, volunteers and course support! Thank you Ragged Mountain Running for a truly great race experience! There was sherpa service for gear, free really yummy food at the end and shuttles back to the parking area. Everyone was nice and really seemed enthused to be there 🙂
- The running community. From fellow running pals from the Lulu run club (EXCELLENT work, Sarah and Alex!!!!) and CTC Training Program to the encouragement of other ‘strangers’ on the course, everyone was all smiles and quick to cheer each other on. I enjoyed that.
- I reached my 2012 mileage goal today. So there’s that 🙂
- Meeting Mollie! I found out this super speedy Oiselle team runner would be traveling out here to conquer the course (AND SHE DID! First overall female!!) and I was so glad to meet her. She was so supportive and always cheered and smiled when she passed. I am pretty sure her high five kept me from dying at the end.
- And on that note, it’s a good thing I didn’t die. So yeah, not dying was good (more on this below).
- I had 4 race goals today, in order: D – finish. C – sub-4. B – PR (under 3:43) and A – BQ (under 3:35). Now, I am glad I got one of those goals, but it was a little discouraging, not going to lie.
- I probably should have stopped at 13.1 – or 20… but yeah, I am stubborn that way. I’ve had this persistent cough thing and I thought I was better…but I don’t think my phlegm-y ness + running thought so.
- My feet hurt. My stomach hurt. My lungs hurt and somehow even my ears hurt. But instead of stopping, I was getting upset at said body parts. I should have been reassuring myself that bad races happen and not dismay at the numbers showing up on my Garmin.
- This is the first race I seriously considered DNF’ing (not finishing).
- So, I might have sniffled back a few tears. Yeah, not a good moment in my running and racing life, but hey, it is what it is.
All in all, it was still a success…finishing is an accomplishment, after all. I have to remind myself that not every race is a PR (thanks for the memories, Baltimore) and I am so thankful for many things in my 2012 racing ‘career,’ namely:
- I have avoided any serious injury.
- I PR’d both my 26.2 and 13.1 this year.
- This time last year, I had just run my first marathon – and now, I’ve accomplished FIVE.
- I’ve met so many amazing people through running.
- It’s December…which means almost 2013, and a whole new year of running and racing!!
So, with these thoughts in mind, I will now inhale a few cups of coffee, finish up some homework and take a few days off running!! 😉
How do you ‘recover’ from a sub-par race performance?