Driving back, I had a lot of time to think about things and try and reason with what actually went wrong. I had such a strong first half, running all of the hills and honestly feeling really good. As I said earlier, I have that I finished the first half in 2:12 (they had me at 2:25 and it honestly didn't take me that long to cross the start mat once we started), which isn't a PR for my half, but a good half time for me for a half marathon. So what happened? I fueled fine, taking my stinger waffles every hour on the hour. I hydrated fine, taking a big sip of my nuun plus water every mile and then increasing that as I started to sweat more salty. I did notice even though the weather was coolish (i think it was 60 when we got done) and the humidity was low, I was super sweaty. I chaffed HORRIBLY. I will spare you the pictures I sent to my coach, but it was certainly the worst I have ever chaffed. I chaffed under my bra even though I had put on enough body glide to make a slip and slide jealous, under my left arm, and my back. Like bloody chaffing that hurt SO bad in the shower, even with vasoline smeared all over the chaffing.
|This is the only pic I have thus far from the race. My MIL took it and I look ROUGH. Notice Little red stealing my water immediately!|
I know mentally when I caught up with those ladies, my mind kind of gave up. Misery loves company and when they were struggling, I decided to struggle with them. I honestly don't know if I could have finished without them. A funny aside, we started talking because my brand new wireless fully charged headphones would NOT turn on, and I had my phone on listening to music. I HATE when other people do that during a race, so I apologized and told them what happened. We started talking and never stopped. I instantly bonded with them in the throes of misery:). I had already decided that hills would be mostly power walked the second time through, so we were on the same plan anyway. When I got home, I wanted to check the head phones again and low and behold, they worked on the first try. Weird huh?
I am just going to let any feelings of disappointment go. There is no point in dwelling. I have mostly spent this week trying to recover and get ready to get back in the swing of things training wise. I still have my ultra coming up April 29th and this is kind of a test to see if can do both a marathon and an ultra in the same training cycle. I am going to attempt a 3 mile walk run today (saturday) and see how it goes. I know both dogs are ready to get back to running even miss stella ella! Next week it is back to the grind, but nothing too crazy. Coach and I talked and we agree, there is no need to do anything wild and high mileage before the ultra. I know I can do it, I don't have a specific time goal, and I want to reach the line injury free, rested and recovered.
So have a great weekend and next week! I am hoping to have some pictures soon from the race photographers that I will post if and when I get them.