Lesson #2 From My Half-Marathon
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I ran a half-marathon Sunday. One of the side effects of doing a lot of running is that I get a lot of thoughts.
I mentioned that following mile 10 I cramped. Specifically, my right foot began cramping. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to continue, but on the other hand, I was bound and determined to get across the finish line if I had to crawl.
That finally eased up, but I faced another obstacle. My left quad began to tighten up and cramp. I basically hobbled and walked the last three miles. As I reflected, there was really one reason.
I was much more prepared a month or so ago than I was the last two or three weeks. My training had taken a nosedive. I was really living on the fumes of my training in January and February. March? Not so good. But that’s not all.
I grabbed something to drink at just about every liquid stop. I realize that wasn’t enough. I was hydrated well enough before the race. This was evidenced by the cramps. Drinking along just wasn’t enough.
I don’t think I ate enough prior to the race either. Midway through the race I was starving and I never get hungry during a run. That being said, I didn’t do like one guy who ate a burrito and had a beer during the race. But I do see the value in fueling up better.
I’m actually planning on running a few more half-marathons this year. I’m going to take what I learned running this one in order to do better next time.
Do you prepare for the events you face in life?