I’m so inspired by the Boston marathon yesterday. I wish the weather had been better, but everyone was still exuding the Boston energy and powering through!
Every year, I am re-energized to sign up for a marathon after watching it, but if I added a spring/summer full at this point that would have to be added to my list below of racing mistakes. I’m definitely not trained for it!
So a few weeks ago, I shared 7 things I do before each race. Today the Tuesday on the Run link up is discussing racing mistakes we’ve made. Great topic, right?
Thankfully, I don’t have too many awful ones but a few come to mind:
- Under trained: I was pretty clueless when I ran my first marathon. I trained by myself and wasn’t blogging yet or linked up with any local running groups. I followed a basic plan and in retrospect was grossly under trained. I ran one 16 miler, one 18 miler and one 20 miler with my peak week of total mileage hitting 38-40 once. Everything else was high 20s/ low 30s mileage with long runs less than 14 miles. I felt surprisingly okay until the final 6-7 miles when the wheels came off.
- Under fueled: Same race. That clueless first marathon where I was under trained I also didn’t know what I was doing in terms of fueling. I made date-nut balls and packed a few in a plastic baggie in my fuel belt. I think I ate two. I never felt hungry (or thirsty for that matter) but I know that was part of the wheels falling off issue!
- Starting too fast: This is a classic, must-be-learned-the-hard-way running mistake. And I’ve had my fair share… the Newport Liberty half last fall was a rough one.
- Failing to adapt paces for poor weather: I’ve crashed in warm weather races multiple times. I am now trying to avoid racing in the heat- but obviously it’s sometimes out of our control, like Boston was yesterday. The Diva’s half was one of my worst warm weather races… I fell apart in the middle because I insisted on starting at my goal race pace in the heat.
I’ve also tapered too much or not enough, eaten too much the night before or the wrong thing, worn too many layers or the wrong base layer (chafing!!), misjudged my fitness and paced poorly, and I’m sure there’s much more I’m forgetting.
Making the mistake is the best way to learn it,I guess. Here’s to hoping there aren’t too many more!
What racing mistakes have you made?