On Friday I decided I need to see what shape I was in for the July 1/2 marathon. So I sign myself up for a 10K on Sunday in the Eden Medical Run To The Lake. This is my 2nd race ever, after my first race at the Bay to Breakers, which was 12K.
I was questioning my sanity about running long distance at the 2 miles and 4 miles mark. However as I was getting more into the actual racing and competition part of trying to out maneuver my fellow anonymous runners, I toss that self doubt out the window.
Somethings I did wrong:
I let me heart rate go up to 200 in order to beat 2 guys at the end of the
last mile. Also trying to keep people I passed from catching me, I heard
foot steps in the last mile.
I think I need to run at a slower pace for the 1/2 marathon.
I got stomach cramps at the 3 rd water stop. Too much water
I’m mentally questioning the 1/2 marathon, whether I should go thru with it.
Things I did right:
I plan to run more 10K races in the future, it’s an enjoyable distance.
I ate just a powerbar and drank some carrot juice, 1 hour before the race.
I finished strong again running at 6’14” for the last mile.
I slept well the night before.
I didn’t carry any gadgets with me, no MP3 player, no Treo.