Things that went right:
- Altra Superiors were awesome. No issues at all.
- I felt so bad and had such a hard time with the 4 miles of bonk-ville that I was fighting the DNF demon like crazy. I still can't believe I won. I thought of a recent book I just read and other people I know who influence me. In the end, I decided that I would take care of myself when I reached the AS and give myself like 5-7 min to get cals in. That I would carry on and no bonk would cost me my race.
- No blister issues. No clothing problems, I had arm sleeves and a tank top with my jacket in my pack which I did eventually put on when it started raining. It was so hot I actually took the jacket off and ran in the rain.
- baggie for my phone. I loved listening to music when needing to concentrate on the "what".
- I realize that I don't want to talk or hear anything when I'm in a hard working section when I'm needing to remember my "why".
- I drank a lot of water... and stayed hydrated which may have very well saved my race.
- ZERO wheezing during the race or even after.
- A fellow runner friend had an elevation profile that I did not have but was wishing for prior to race start. She randomly offered me a copy just before race start to which I was immediately so grateful. I pulled that out so many times. It felt like my woobie!
Things I need to work on:
- eating MORE and not bonking. ***this is a long race deal breaker***
- I was searching in my bag on the way to the start for my clippers that I swear I packed. I never found them. My toe nails really needed to be cut. They paid the price with at least my one big toe and one pinky toe nails due to big blood blisters underneath. I hate when that happens. My other big toe nail may go to. This is normally not a problem for me.
- Focus on executing MY race. PERIOD.
- My mindset during the race. I had a lot of fear going into this race. I could tell that I was getting low on calories before I even hit the first AS. In the first six miles, I ate two things in my pack and I didn't have an endless supply of food volume to eat like that all day. I was fearful that I wouldn't have the fuel I needed at the AS. So I skimped and that was a bad decision made only in fear. Fear of bonking (happened), fear of quitting/wanting to quit (happened...didn't quit but wanted to)...just generally fearing focus. My focus needs to be on keeping my body fueled so that my mind makes it do what I want it to do!
- I need to figure out a lot more food options. The only thing that got me even feeling a little better was soda. The last three AS were nothing but soda-fests. I had food too but had at least 8-12oz of soda at each AS.
Random: some people have said to me "it's good to see you're back". I don't feel like that's quite accurate yet. I have a LOT more training and prep to do.