I’ve been thinking a bit about the race on Sunday and what happened. I’m feeling surprisingly positive about it, despite things not going as planned. I know that my fitness is there and on the right day with the right conditions, the race would have had a very different outcome.
So innocently optimistic at the start!
There are many things that can cause a race disaster, a few of which affected mine:
Everyone handles the heat differently and I’ve learned in the past that I do not handle it well. I’m also a “pitta” dosha or “summer” Aryuvedic body type, which means that I already run hot and am greatly affected by heat.
I know this was probably the biggest factor of the race for me, and obviously, is completely out of my control.
2. Going out too fast
Starting too fast can lead to a much slower second half as the wheels slowly come off. I don’t think I’ve ever been guilty of this before in such a dramatic way. I tend to know the paces I’m capable of and stick to them. But for the conditions, I definitely went out too fast and my body refused to hold on.
3. Poor fueling and hydrating
Proper fuel and hydration are key! Again, this is not typically an area where I’ve struggled, but over the past year my diet has shifted to more protein and fat and (by default) slightly lower carb. As I read Tina’s post this week on her diet reflections, I realized I may not have paid enough attention to carb-loading as I should have which would explain some of the lack of energy. This is an important reminder before the marathon!
I was also outside at a school carnival much of Saturday and didn’t hydrate properly. Possible TMI warning, but I had very yellow urine Sunday afternoon and know I need to pay attention to this going forward.
4) GI Distress or cramping
Thankfully, this has never been an issue for me. I have a pretty iron stomach. However, I did use the bathrooms multiple times before the race and lined up on empty. I wrote down my food the two days leading up to the race to try to track anything that might have caused this. I’m going to play it really safe and keep things as bland as possible before the marathon.
I realize there is lots of potty talk today, but if you’ve ever run with partners, you know it’s normal to discuss these things publicly, ha!
Have you dealt with any of these four issues in a race?
Is there anything you are careful to do to prevent them from happening?