Post Marathon Thoughts!
It is starting to sink in a little that I’m a Marathoner (you can read my Marathon recap here). Post Marathon, I continue to analyze my performance on Saturday. I’m happy with my 3:58 time but really thought I could run a 3:30 (probably crazy for my first Marathon but that is what I was thinking). Those who know me know that I’m always looking to improve and this is just a natural progression to improve my performance for the next one. :). I’m also sharing my thoughts in hopes that it might help others who are running their first Marathon.
- I WENT OUT TOO FAST! – Classic Rookie Mistake – At one point when I was running with the 3:20 pace group for a few miles I actually thought to myself that I could qualify for Boston (Crazy). Nice to have goals but I shouldn’t have been thinking about Boston during my first Marathon.
- I think I ate breakfast too early. The race start was 8:00am and I ate at the same time I normally would on a 6:30am training run – I got hungry when I was running!
- Not sure why but for some reason I could never get in a zone like I did on my long training runs. Most of my long runs were by myself outside – just me and my iPod. I wanted to run in a bigger race and found some of the noise and all of the people distracting at times. At one point the TV station helicopter constantly hovering overhead bothered me. I also took an old bib and wrote my name on the front. I loved all of the cheering for “Jeff” for a while but it wasn’t as motivating as I thought it would be when I was struggling – I ended up taking it off mid race. Note to new runners – If you do this use an old bib or duct tape – you might want to get rid of your name at some point .
- I did a speed run a week earlier (10 miles @ 7:30-7:40 pace) and I’m not 100% sure I was fully recovered from that. I should have done the speed work earlier in my training and made that last run an easy run.
- I didn’t train on enough hills – My mostly treadmill runs didn’t help me with the hills! I thought about adding incline to the treadmill while I was training but made a decision not to use it because I was worried about injury. I was really paranoid about injury the few weeks leading up to the Marathon – I had worked way too hard to get injured right before the race.
- I walked too much in the city on Friday – My legs felt tired when I went to bed Friday night. I actually went to bed a little concerned that my legs were bothering me.
- I think I was reading too much about what to do towards the end of my training. I felt like during my taper weeks I changed almost everything I was doing (diet, types of runs, distance). I ran my best training run (22 miles) when I was averaging around 55 miles per week. During my last two weeks I was down to around 35 miles per week. I just feel better when I run more!
Hope this info is helpful to some – it was just helpful for me to write it down! I had my first post race run this morning 7 miles on the treadmill. The run felt great – had to make myself stop at 7 miles!
Have a great day and go for a run if you get a chance!