Race day may not always going go as planned there are so many variables:
- Weather may be too hot or too cold, rain, humidity
- Muscular aches and pains
- Stomach distress, nutrition, hydration
- Sleep, fatigue, overall energy level
What went Right during my recent back to back races:
- Good attitude going in. Goal #1 to Finish and to Enjoy the Experience
- I foam rolled and stretched daily
- I ate good the night before and morning of the race
- I packed and prepared ahead of time so no last minute frenzy
What went Wrong:
- I need better nutrition two weeks before my race at least. I need to go back to my brown rice, spinach and tuna regimen. Lay off the junk food and go back to my food journal.
- I did not take my daily vitamins like I should have, I did take EmergenC daily but need to get back to my vitamins.
- I did not hydrate as much as I should have. Need to start a week before not two days before.
- I didn’t get enough sleep. I felt this after the second race weekend. It took me 3 days to catch up on my rest
- Back to back weekends are not for me especially with my schedule.
- I did not stretch after the race. Once again I got caught up with the after race festivities.
Did you notice my “What went Wrong” list is longer than the “ What went Right” ?. Well that’s part of running. Did I enjoy the experience? YES! Would I do it all over again? Absolutely!
I am currently struggling with Shin Splints and off running for the next week, implementing R.I.C.E. (short for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation)
I found some good daily stretching techniques to add to my routine and help with recovery: Stretches for Runners via Cool Running
My next race isn’t until the end of February so it is the perfect time to recover and refocus.
“We all have had injuries and disappointments. It is a part of running. It can bring us down and at times be overwhelming when we see how far we have to go. But I encourage you all to take your time, stay inspired and focused. Instead of stressing about how far behind we are, we need to focus on the progress we are making and continue to make.”
-Kara Goucher, two-time U.S. Olympian