It’s been a month since my half-marathon. Sometimes I still can’t believe that not only did I run 21km, but that I also found time to train properly for it. I’ve been trying to keep up with my running, but I find that it’s not the same without a race looming in the future to motivate me to get out there. I bought a new pair of shoes which got me running right after I bought them, but their lure is waning.
I’ve been experimenting with other forms of exercise, and went to my first Zumba class, which was a lot of fun. It was a great cardio workout and I liked that it could be as high or low impact as you want. I’ve also gone to a few free classes at my local Lululemon. I’ve enjoyed their BOGA class – 1/2hr boot camp and 1/2hr yoga. I realized by going to these classes that I have really increased my fitness level astronomically in the past year through running. The Zumba class and the BOGA class were quite easy for me and I felt so happy about that!
I miss the burn and the feeling of exhaustion that I felt after my half marathon. I miss the sense of accomplishment that I felt after the race and that I felt after my long training runs. It’s hard to find time to go out for long runs. I am definitely going to sign up for another half marathon in the fall. I know that I can increase my speed and lower my time dramatically.
My half marathon was an amazing experience, and I learned a number of lessons that I would like to share with you. They are as follows:
- Chafing happens – I always read on other blogs that runners experience chafing during long runs. I never experienced this during my training and thought that I was immune to this problem. However, at about mile 11 my armpits started to burn from my shirt rubbing against my skin. The pain was real and I did my best to not think about. Mind over matter, right? However, for future races I will be using BodyGlide. There is no need to experience the pain of chafing. The burn in my legs at mile 11 was pain enough.
- Refueling after a race is not optional – I knew that I needed to eat after the race and packed up a few things for Jake to bring down to the finish line. This included a scoop of Vega One and some water and a shaker cup, and some ShaSha Buckwheat snacks. However, with all the excitement in finishing the race, I neglected to eat either of these things. I had a banana, a couple slices of orange and that was it. I didn’t even drink water until I got home a couple hours later. This was a terrible idea. I had a splitting headache for the remainder of the day after the race, and I attribute this to not drinking and eating properly right after the race.
- Employ babysitters post race – the only thing harder than running a half marathon is taking care of little kids after running a half marathon. Jake had a full morning taking care of the boys, and bringing them down to the finish line, and was understandably done with them once we got home. In hindsight I should have asked the grandparents to come over and watch the boys in the afternoon so that I could have a nap and veg out for the rest of the day. Instead, I ran around with them outside, and did other things that did not aid in my recovery. This did not help with my splitting headache.
- Start out A BIT faster – I wish that I had started out faster. I was so worried about beginning too fast and burning out that I ended up running with people who were….slow. This slowed me down. For example, there was a girl near me wearing long yoga pants, a sweater, a very unsupportive bra, and her long hair was loose. I didn’t get it. It was so hot out. Needless to say, she wasn’t very speedy. I have no idea how she finished 13.1 miles like that. I wish I had run with people who were faster (and dressed properly), so that I would have been motivated to go faster.
Have you run any races? Have you learned any lessons from them?