Pre-Race, Post-Race Thoughts & What’s Next
Now that I’ve had almost two full days to process my first half marathon, I have some thoughts.
But first, can you spot the newest addition to my car? : )
Why did I end up having GI issues? I’m guessing it’s because I went a little bit crazy with dinner on Saturday night. My coach told me not to carbo load, you guys gave me lots of good advice on what to eat the night before a race … but I stubbornly did what I wanted to do.
I ate a TON of pasta and breadsticks. Like an unreal amount. More than someone should eat in three meals. Go big or go home, right? Wrong. I will never do that again the night before a race (or ever?).
Having all that food in my stomach + running = I should have known better.
I scheduled a massage for a few hours after the race.
This was a really great decision. My legs were feeling pretty tired/sore after the half, but they felt a lot better after the massage.
When I woke up this morning they weren’t sore at all! So glad I did something right : )
I read an article in Runner’s World yesterday on what to do the 24 hours after a marathon and it lists getting a massage — as long as you wait at least 2 hours after the race. If you get one right after the race you can actually cause yourself to be more sore.
I’m thinking about a redemption run and there is a nice half being held about an hour away from me in West Palm Beach next month. That’s a possibility.
I’ll definitely be running the Princess Half Marathon in February. It will be my first runDisney race and I think it will be a lot of fun.
I mentioned in my last post wanting to do 26.2 but that won’t be for a while. I’m definitely thinking about it and have it as a goal, but I likely will sign up for the Portland Marathon which isn’t until next October.
I also want to do some volunteering and cheering. My coach is going to do her first triathlon next year and I can’t wait to go and cheer her on!
And finally I’m planning to climb some mountains next year so I might do some treadmill incline stuff (I will probably complain a lot about that, haha).
Overall, I am pretty proud of myself for completing the half marathon. I set a goal and I accomplished it.
When I ran my first 5K in February of this year I knew I wanted to take on the half distance. It seemed intimidating, challenging and awesome. It has been all of those things and I have loved this journey so much.
I’m kind of excited because I have the same feelings about 26.2 now – it seems intimidating, challenging and awesome. I know it will be much harder than training for 13.1 but I will do my best to take it on when the time comes next year!
How long did you wait after your first half to take on 26.2?
How many races have you spectated or volunteered at?
Do you have a 13.1 or 26.2 sticker on your car?