Race Recaps – do you get them out the day of, or are you more of a “stew on it” person?
Me, I’m a stew on it. I ran the F3 Fozen Lake Half Marathon last Saturday, and I’m just now penning my thoughts in a coherent manner.
The morning of the race, I posted this to Facebook:
When Mike had asked me about my race plan, I wasn’t sure and then said: : stay at a 10 min mile pace until mile 8. Then see and go faster from there if I’m feeling good.
What happened in reality was that I started at 10:30 and only went up from there. While it was great weather for a January in Chicago race (in the high 30s, no snow on the ground, and some wind), I wasn’t really on my “A” game for the race. I felt underdressed for the cold & windy, and have to admit that I hadn’t trained the way I normally was for half marathons. I’ve been putting in less effort than I should for long running.
I ran the race and felt dehydrated the entire time. I’m not sure why, since I’ve been working and doing pretty well at my daily hydration. I bought this and have been drinking at least two each day while at work, and more when at home and working out. But either way I took two cups of liquid at each aid station. Note to self: carry a handheld on all half marathons from here on out. Unless they have aid stations every mile.
Things went from OK to hard. The wind was coming at us for portion so fthe race, and that was hard fr ome to handle. One of the hard parts abotu winter racing is that your training must include all weather. You cannot pick or choose for training, like I had been. I turned my focus from time goals and pacing goals to focusing on other process goals. Like who I’m going to see next on the race course. There were a lot of fun Chicago runners & bloggers out there (Hi Erica, Kelly, Pete, Jess, and CTC peeps!). I also focused on smiling, and trying to encourage people to keep going when I saw people slowing down. And sometimes I focused on trying to pass more people even if I was slow.
Eventually I got to the finish. I wish I could say I was happy to finish, but I was mostly tired. And cold. I was happy once I got inside of Soldier Field and the United Club, and was able to warm up again. I’m also glad that I was able to make myself look happy in most of the free photos that they provided!
FINAL TIME: 2:36:37
AVERAGE PACE: 11:56
NEXT RACE: Ironman Puerto Rico 70.3, 3.15.2015