This morning started out nice and easy with a later than usual yoga practice, a free coffee from Thump, and a casual walk with Bernie. I decided to give myself a “treat” morning because this past weekend, I completed my 8th half marathon, the Boulder Rez Half Marathon.
While I may be all smiles in the picture above, I’ll be completely honest in saying that this race was just NOT a good one for me and unfortunately I didn’t achieve the goal I was working towards.
Honestly, I contemplated not even writing a recap of this race because of my lack of achievement, but this blog is a space where I am supposed to share the ups and the down and where I really try to show you my authentic self.
At first, I was so bummed that I didn’t achieve my goal that I had worked months for. After having a mini pity party (and a bloody mary at brunch) I have jumped back on the horse and I am ready to give my body a bit of rest before jumping back into the training game.
Just a quick overview of the race:
Here are 4 things I learned from not achieving my goal at the first attempt:
1. No matter how hard you train, sometimes there are things out of your control.
This was a huge shock to me. During my training, I completed long runs up to 16 miles, did weekly speed workouts at a pace faster than race pace for months, completed hill workouts, focused on strengthening my glutes and core, did lots of stretching and foam rolling, and visited a chiropractor.
Despite all of that preparation, on race day my legs felt like lead, my stomach felt heavy, I got side cramps, and all I wanted to do was quit. You know what I didn’t do? I didn’t quit. I pushed through the pain, finished the race, and now I’m just looking at the race as one of those days that my body didn’t want to run. Every day is different with the body, and that is OK! Let’s just hope the next race is a day where running feels light and easy 🙂
2. “Race day doesn’t build character, it reveals it.”
I saw my friend Amanda post this quote on Instagram yesterday morning before the race. It really resonated with me, especially since I didn’t achieve my goal. Because I didn’t achieve my goal the first time, I realize how much I really want that goal. I could have had a horrible reaction to the situation, but instead I have chosen to look at this situation as a learning opportunity. I’m happy for all of the runners who did achieve their goals and look to them for inspiration in my future training and running.
Thank you for the perfect quote, Amanda!
3. I need to look at my training plan and maybe push myself harder.
While I had a training plan that allowed me to run a 1:45:35 half marathon while not feeling so great, I want to push myself so that I DO feel great and so that I can run a little faster. It’s time for me to take a hard look at areas where I could improve my training. Maybe more strength training, more prehab/stretching/yoga? Maybe I wasn’t pushing myself to my best ability during my training runs. There are many areas I could tweak and improve, but it’s important for me to realize that changes need to be made in order for changes to occur.
4. It’s about the journey.
This kind of goes along with all of the above thoughts, but it’s really important for me to accept the fact that I didn’t achieve my goal but to look at the progress I did make over the last few months. I am going to continue to train, listen to my body, and have fun with it…that’s why I do this stuff in the first place right!?