So, here are my 3 ways to ensure a HORRIBLE race.
- Three Small kids
- Hot Weather
- Lack of Sleep
- Lack of Motivation
3. Ditch your PLAN the night before…
:: Face Palm::
I really wanted to get my P.R. (Personal Record), like… really bad. A few weeks ago, I was on track to accomplish that goal. However, life happened and my training went from consistent to non-existent.
I am a #gallowayrunner. I am literally always singing the praises of Jeff Galloway’s method of running and training. If you’ve ever talked to me about running or getting started with running I probably told you to do the Run/Walk/Run Method. – I believe in that method, it’s the method I use…
Except when I lose my mind over a silly goal…
In my quest for a 2:40 Half Marathon, I messed with my intervals. Right before going to bed I changed my intervals from 1:00/1:00 to 2:30 Run /:45 Walk.
Have I EVER done that for a long run?
Mile 3 was about the time I couldn’t keep up with the intervals anymore and EVERYTHING caught up with me. The lack of sleep, lack of water, lack of common sense when setting up my intervals – so disappointing.
Did I accomplish my goal?
Not even close…
My final time was 3:29:10
Almost a solid hour longer than my goal.
Final Thoughts on the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon
Course: Loved it, Running is such a great way to see a city – I absolutely loved the course.
Packet Pick up: It was well organized, had plenty of booths for people to shop. The only disappointment for me was the location. Last year when my sisters ran it they got to tour the Washington Nationals Stadium, this year it was outside in a tent.
Race Day Organization: There was a little bit of confusion at the start, people all seemed to be kind of lost, and not really sure what color bibs were intended to go first…? I felt more pre-race communication would have been helpful.
The other issue I had was the start/finish line was really far from post-race water, snacks and bag check. In all other runs I’ve done, the finishers exit through a shoot and are guided to the beverages and snacks – this race was not like that.
The Bling: I loved the medal. Such a great design, and if you look closely you can spot some glitter – and we all know how I feel about sparkles!
Would I run it again?
I think so, the race was a lot of fun.
The question of the day: What race is on your bucket list?