Remember those goals?
Remember when I started training for this race a few months ago I made some goals? You probably don’t, but I did. And I think this will be my last race re-cap post for now!
What’s the point of setting goals if you don’t check in on them? My goals are in bold below, with my comments following.
- Follow the training plan. Yep. Check. I didn’t do tempo runs but I did the right mileage and didn’t miss a run.
- Don’t forget sunscreen. Half check. I did really well at the peak of summer but not so well the last few weeks. And I definitely finished the race with a sunburn.
- Drink enough water. 9/10 check. I drank plenty while running but probably should have had more through the day.
- Cross train. Bike, swim, and core strength training regularly. I swam every week and did a core workout every week.
- Do yoga once a week. For most of the training I did yoga at least once a week!
- Don’t beat myself up for bad runs. This might be what I’m most proud of. I really didn’t beat myself up when I had awful runs. There were only a couple and I think that is probably because I tried so hard to stay positive.
- Eat well. Mmm…sorta. Most of the time.
- Feel good at the start line. Maybe. I felt capable at the start line but didn’t want to be there.
- Feel accomplished at the finish line. Absolutely.
Some other random comments about the race:
- It was really fun doing a race with a course I knew pretty well. I often thought I preferred races with new courses so I could distract myself that way but it was really nice to be prepared for what was coming.
- Sunday I felt amazing and full of energy all day. Monday I wanted to sleep all day.
- Supporters and cheerers are great. People supporting and cheering for you can completely replenish lost energy.
- I still don’t plan on setting a time goal for a marathon for awhile but this race definitely made me feel like someday finishing strong will be a given and I can work on other goals too.