Refuel before you need to refuel: My original plan was to take a Clif Shot Gel at the 5-mile mark. But when I passed the 5-mile post, I was feeling really good so I changed my mind and decided to take the gel at the 7-mile mark for added boost at the end of the race. Bad idea. By mile 5.5, I was spiraling downward fast. I took my gel and had some Gatorade, and ran miles 6 & 7 faster. (I am wondering though, can I train myself to go without fuel for longer periods of time? Or is that unadvisable? Hmmm...)
|My fuel of choice this race via ClifBar|
Know your limits: I told myself that I would push really hard through miles 8 & 9, but I didn't have enough in me to sustain a push that long. Not to mention I completely forgot about running mile 10. Instead, I should have stayed on pace through miles 8 & 9, and pushed hard at mile 10. I possibly could have ran every mile sub-9:00, and finished with a better time. It would also help if I learned how to do math.
Smile!: I'm making this a running goal, both in races and during my regular runs. I try to smile as much as possible when I run (yes, to the point of looking like a crazed maniac) because it reminds me that I really do enjoy being out there
What lessons have you learned from a race?
How do you develop your race strategies? Through experience? With a coach? By the seat of your pants?