|Pre-race oblivion of what's to come!|
The Good-Let's start with the hubs, who was amazing today. Parking cars, driving me to the race, waiting around, taking photos--no medal at the end but he was working hard too!
-The course impressed me for such a small town race-especially since it was only in the second year. Lots of police along the course, not many supporters but the ones out there were GREAT!
-The weather: it was hotter than I planned, but still about 50 at the start and 65 at the finish. Can't complain!
-A few women were aiming for a sub-2 race, and I found them and latched on for the first 6 miles. Nice motivation and company.
-Fun, colorful medal. I love it!
The Bad-A little unorganized at the start. There were makeshift corrals, but 5 minutes before the start they were torn down and everyone just started out wherever. Lots of weaving the first mile.
-I didn't make my sub-2 goal. Close, but no cigar.
-Lack of water stations. There were maybe 3 in the first mile-ish (overkill?!) and then really far apart after that. Some people were handing them out from their yards, but it would have been nice to have official aid stations more frequently.
|The tape "corrals" you can see were torn down before the race start.|
The Puke-Well, this was the real problem. Stomach was unhappy from the start, but I made it to mile 6 before I veered off to someone's yard. Really, Dalton citizen, I'm sorry. I would have stopped it if I could. That mile was a good minute longer than every other mile-hence the 2:01 finish. I tried to make up the time but it just wasn't happening!
|Just take the damn picture already.|
|At least I was still running, right?|
Overall--I am pretty happy. Aside from that crazy puke minute, most of miles are around 9:09. A couple of sub-9's, a few up to 9:15, but I really did everything I could to stay on pace. Next time: less puke, and run faster.
Just run faster! Duh. It's so simple.
What do you do after a race? Stick around or head home?
In small races I tend to stick around JUST in case the age group is small and I can snag a prize, but today all I wanted to do was get home. I was in the car 10 minutes after I crossed the finish line!
How do you deal with disappointing races?
I was almost in tears after the race today. Partly because the time was so close to sub-2 and I missed it, but also I was genuinely exhausted. Now I can look back and I'm a little happier about everything, but it's still tough for me not to meet my goals.