Pre-race pic; this is the only one you will see and the prettiest it got :)
Oh well hellooooo there! This weekend was sooooo good! Capped off by the BSR, I’d call it a great one ;) So yesterday I was trying to explain to my friend why this race was SUCH an UGLY one. I think this is the ugliest race I have EVER had! I’ll explain in a sec (because why in the world would I go from point a to point b when I could just off-tangent to point C, D and E?! lol). I will start out by saying that I CRUSHED my PR for this race (1:27:37) by a few minutes and made my (secret) goal of 1:25. I even SUBBED the 1:25!
OK, so here is where it gets ugly. Despite my success in my finish time, I actually DO NOT think I ran a good race. It was ugly. Physically and mentally. Point by Point:
1. I was NOT fueled well. I hadn’t been feeling good the days prior and hadn’t been able to eat or keep much in my belly. The day before the race I at two doughnuts, a piece of pizza and a mozz stick in an effort to pack it in. Bad choice. I just felt REALLY backed up against a wall. I felt the lack of fuel from like mile 2. Cute.
2. I woke up with a bad cold, that I was able to “suck up” and push off with some Emergen-C but physically was not in good shape. REALLY sick now, btw.
3. I thought it would be a good idea to try to pace a track coach. Yup. Bad idea. I lost him at about mile 5…believe it or not, I left him behind (SORRY BUDDYYYYY). It messed w me mentally though for a full half of the race bc I didn’t feel like I was running MY race. I NEVER run with people and this is why.
4. I felt entirely UNFOCUSED the WHOLE time. That is SO not like me. The race went by suuuuuper quickly, and it think is because I just wasn’t thinking! I wasn’t taking in the sights and sounds, I wasn’t appreciating the experience, I just wasn’t focused.
5. Rookie mistake (ALWAYS do this) of going out waaaay too fast (running sub 8 miles the first five miles…um seriously, Kara Goucher I am NOT). And was really hurting my mile 6. I saw my amazing friend who gave me a G2 (which I TOTALLY needed) and sour patch kids (which I could not stomach at the time but boy, did I slam those last night) and I am pretty sure I cried at her and asked her to take me home with her. LOL. Really.
6. PHYSICAL ugliness: This came from #5. Usually I am the girl who smiles at the camera, fixes my form often, and “tries to make it look easy” and am therefore interested in seeing my race pics. Holy Hannah those pics are going to be BRUTAL. I was an ugly mess. I had Gatorade and water pouring down my face half the time, gummy candies sprouting from several areas of my body (that sounded better in my head), and had a pained look for pretty much the entire race. Sexy. I know. Note that I have not and will not post any after-race pics?!
Some things I learned:
– DO NOT put unwrapped Swedish Fish fuel in your bum pocket because they WILL get slimy, nasty and stain.
– DO NOT try to pace a track coach ;)
– DO NOT get so caught up in your time that you run an “ugly race.”
– DO (attempt to) stay FOCUSED!
I truly judge the success of a race by how I FEEL (physically) both during and after. And again despite my time, I am not proud of how I ran this race. Yes, I left it ALL out there. But did NOT I enjoy it as I would have liked to and for the reasons that I usually race for.
OK, so for your daily Z cuteness and news, yesterday my baby starting sitting forward in his car seat (gasp!)!!!! Where has the time gone?!
So tell me about your race. Was it as ugly as mine?! Have you ever had an ugly one?!
UMMMM and PS: is this seriously the best pic they could get on the website?!
PPS: This post is dedicated to a dear friend of mine who lost her father over the weekend. Had I known I would’ve surely added him to my memoriam bib.