Here we are post-“goal A” race by 3 days now and I’m feeling pretty good. By pretty good I mean, pretty much all recovered. I’m not going to be running any time this week, but that leads me to my string of random thoughts – hmmm, did I push hard enough? No bruised toenails. No lingering injuries (which really is a good thing). I can still walk. I can do stairs. Am I just trying to hard to reach a goal that has passed me? These are all of the thoughts that pop up into my head when I miss a goal at a race. During the race, yes, I think I gave it my all. Yesterday I was quite bummed. I was mostly bummed about missing 4 hours by one stinking second. Stupid how happiness hinges on just one second sometimes!
With post race assessment, I take a look at my splits and try to analyze what could have gone better. Yep, I faded after mile 18. Not a big surprise there. Honestly, with the training cycle I had, it was actually a pretty good thing that I made it through 18 miles of goal marathon paces! Alan was using an app on his watch that would tell us the estimated finish time based on our pace. It was quite sophisticated and I HATED it. Back around mile 21 Alan reported that our expected finish time was 3:59. My response “No f%@^#&* way!” And by that I mean, our overall pace was still around 8:56 which would have got us in much closer to 3:53! I didn’t want to hear it. But the real truth was that our pace was slowing down and that’s where it expected us to be at 26.3 miles if we continued that way.
My friend told me after the race – “that’s supposed to motivate you to go faster!”. So, I ask you, Do you have enough motivation? Would that have motivated you? For me it was just a buzz kill. A very honest, technical, dream crusher. But hey, that’s just me
Here’s a fun thing that was motivating on the course… the water stops! Erie marathon is a loop so there are 13 waters stops. That means you get to see people cheering with refreshments every mile!! That’s really pretty awesome. The water stops have competitions for the most energy, best theme, etc. I gotta say, the one put on by the Allegheny College diving and swim team got my vote!! I mean, who was expecting to see half naked college dudes passing out water saying things like “I got your electrolytes right here!!!” OMG, it was a much needed comic relief. I’m sure Alan waiting to see the college women volleyball players or swim team, but sadly they did not appear.
Another funny along the course was Alan’s friend. He lives in the area so we were expecting him to pop up along the course like he had in the past years. He was even kind enough to jump in several times and run with us for a little bit. It was a nice break at first, but then he got in his car and drove along side of us for a bit. It’s a two lane road, with barely any traffic due to the race, so he wasn’t bothering anyone. Well, except me. I know he totally meant well, but, I was a tired miserable wreck in those later miles and it wasn’t motivating me any to have him chatting along side of us when he clearly wasn’t feeling the pain I was in. I eventually told him that we would see him at the finish line. What a b*tch, I know. No hurt feelings Biff
Other random race photos that I’m still deciding on purchasing…
Q: So, are you motivated during a hard race?
Quite frankly, my brain and reasoning shuts off after 3 hours and I’m no fun. Just ask Alan! haha
Q: What is the best themed water stop you’ve seen?
Q: Have you met any new friends at a race that you still stay in touch with?
At the pasta dinner we sat with a guy that knew my Facebook friends, both in Toledo and in Louisiana. He had met them at races! Small world.