Lessons learned from back to back half marathons (s0me of these I should have known LOL):
- Fueling and hydration are key. I did not eat enough of Friday or Saturday morning, nor did I drink enough during the race. (Just ’cause it’s raining doesn’t mean you aren’t sweating…) I ate pretty much constantly after the race on Saturday and I think it made a huge difference on Sunday.
- There is a difference between running a race and racing a race. I raced Richmond. My time may not have been that exciting, but I put everything out there. This is not something I’d recommend if you have a second half marathon the next day. (I don’t regret it though.)
- Sleep is important. I went into Friday sleep deprived. I didn’t sleep well on Friday or Saturday, so by Sunday morning, I was really tired.
- Back to back long runs are necessary. I didn’t train well for this. My mileage was lower than I wanted and the frequency of my runs was low. But, I did run back to back runs each week with my longer run the first day and my faster, but still medium long, run the next day. This gave my legs and my mind the strength to run through trashed quads.
- I enjoy these kind of challenges. There, I admitted it. I’m crazy. In my world, it makes more sense to run two half marathons in the same weekend than to run one full marathon. I want to do this again and I’m ready to train for Riverboat.
Speaking of Riverboat, I have sent in my registration. I’ve also registered for the Madison Mini in August and I’ll be registering shortly for the Frederick Half Marathon in May. That’s 7 races already paid for and we haven’t even hit 2014! I’m still very much toying with going for Venus as a Half Fanatic next year.
I am currently on Earth and Mercury and the Sun (52 halves in one year) are not options due to limits on time and funds, not to mention I’m not sure my body could do it. But 13 halves in 79 days? Yeah, that’s doable! I’m still planning my attack, but 6 of the 13 are set. What’s 7 more?
To that end, I’ve decided to join in the 14 in 2014 fun. This year I’m committing to 14 half marathons and I intend to do them all as IRL races. Crazy? Maybe, but what’s one more when you’ve managed 13?
Help me out! What’s your favorite spring half marathon (approx. March 15-June 1)? Bonus points if it is within four hours of DC!