1. The Good... things that worked for me.
- Listen to your body. I started cutting one training run a week about 3 weeks out because my leg felt weird. I went into the half strong, and felt strong pretty much the entire time.
- Don't try anything new on race day! I tested my outfit before I ran, and all components (except the tiara, which I would have ditched the second it started acting crafty).
- My nutrition was good. I had a bagel with peanut butter on the bus over (so about 90 minutes prior), and brought two gu's with me. I know that seems like a lot to some of you, but... I'm slow. Two ended up being perfect for me.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I drank pretty much nothing but water the entire week prior, and drank a LOT of it. And I don't like water. I brought my handheld because it was H O T in Florida, and it turned out to be a good choice. I definitely used it. I know the race started early, but I was in the second to last corral, and it was no longer dark by the time we stepped across that line.
- Make reasonable goals, and be flexible. Back in December, I had a goal of 2:20 in mind. Then January happened, and I skipped 4 weeks of my training plan... I had a time goal in the back of my mind, but I wasn't tied to it. I wanted to finish, and I wanted to pace myself so I could finish strong... and I did. My finish line video shows me passing 5 chicks :D.
- I was super aware of what I was eating the week before. Lindsay @ CotterCrunch posted a "Focus!" challenge, that I dove into - watching what I was eating, eating what was good, drinking plenty of water, and stretching stretching stretching.
2. The Bad... what didn't work
- Trust your training... I had a mild panic attack around mile 2 when I really, honestly thought I wasn't going to make it across the finish line. I'd skipped so many runs, I didn't do my speedwork. It freaked me out. There wasn't even anything actually bothering me - I felt good, I just felt like there was no way I could sustain it.
(that's it. I had a grand time once I got through that :D).
3. I'm still tired. Is that normal, or am I crazy?