The thing about being a #motherrunner is that it poses so many extra challenges. It makes us tougher and teaches us how to deal with adversity and most of all, how to be flexible.
Today was race day, and I’m finally popping on here because: hungry & tired children (cheering is hard, guys). Most days I don’t get a shower and appropriate fueling because Mom duties call...though I’m getting better at the post-fuel thing. (Don’t ask about the shower sitch tho... j/k. Kinda.).
Anyways, today was the #gazellegirl half (total of 15 miles on the day with a mile warm up and cool down). I ran one 1/2 last year and set a new pr of 1:38:16. In January, I set my annual goals with most of them being “just pr”. Then February and March came and I thought I could do better if I set the expectation higher and was more specific. So I said let’s do this—I would love a 1:35. Today I got it, despite poor execution of race plan (♀️). Final time was 1:34:57
Things I did right:
-Fuel!! (Truth be told, I never fuel on 1/2’s or runs 15 miles or less...only have started doing that recently like in the past few weeks ♀️) I took gummies twice (once with caffeine), and water at the majority of the stops.
-Pushed when I was settling or getting comfortable.
-Ran my own dang race!! The race performances I’m most proud of are the ones where I’m NOT focused on my place or catching those in front of me, but on my own personal goals. Mentally and physically, those are always my best performances.
-Pre race routine & timing. Nailed it. Coffee, water, great breakfast, & did some race review and focusing before carpooling to the race. (That’s important because my pre race jitters totally dissolve when I’m not by myself.) Had plenty of time to park, run a warm up mile, use bathroom, stretch, & find a spot to start.
Things I did poorly:
-Follow race plan ♀️ -Waste time doubting myself and my training (we all do it!) (More in comments)