Lessons Learned Part 2
Check out these photos!!
Yes I knew the photographer was there and I took full advantage of it!!! I think these photos were around mile 5. Doin’ good!!!
In my ‘day after’ post yesterday I forgot to mention how sore I am!! I am absolutely in pain and I think I definitely need to prepare better next time for the ‘after race’ stuff. Eating, resting, baths, stretching – the whole lot!!
What do you do to recover from a race??
When I got to work today I found a sweet card and pressie on my desk!! My Teaching Assistant said that she was so proud of me for accomplishing the race that she bought me this:
Wasn’t that just so sweet?? I have the most supportive people in my life!
Tonight I have done a lot of marking:
…and catching up with Lauren on The Hills. Is she leaving the show or something? We’re so behind here.
I do adore watching The Hills but sometimes it is way too much drama for me. In fact, once in a while it reminds me of my life lol. Do you know how many times my friend Carley and I have said to each other “omg did you see that episode? That was so us.” Don’t pretend like you haven’t done it too!!
Right, so I was supposed to talk about some more things I learned training for this half marathon. There are definitely a few more to list. If you missed the first half of my list, go here:
This part I will title:
Lessons Learned Part 2!! Fitting, right?
Basically, i’ve learned a few more things:
- Don’t use race training as a weight loss method. Yes, running will get you in shape, but I soon found out that I was running so much that I needed to eat to fuel myself for those runs, otherwise they would basically in one word: suck. You need to eat to give your body the energy to run all those miles, therefore trying to cut back on calories and train for a race- just doesn’t work. For me anyways! I have found that i’m in better shape.. my legs look a bit more toned along with my stomach and arms but as far as lose weight- no it didn’t happen.
- Research how to prepare before the race but also AFTER! I cannot stress this enough. I have found it much more difficult than I thought it would be to recover from this race. Honestly, I can barely walk up and down the stairs on my own at the minute. Forget going to the washroom normally. Sitting on the toilet takes lots of patience and practice. I’ve touched the toilet seat with my hands way more than I’d like to admit. But, if I sat down normally – I do risk tearing a few more muscles in my legs.
- Even though i’ve said it before that running can be very challenging mentally, there is also a point where your body gets tired!!!! I have always said just to tell yourself to go for it. Mentally prepare yourself for the hills and the distance. Running is way more mental than it is physical (how many times have you heard that?!). Well- let me tell you- it IS just has much of a physical thing. There is a point where your body just has enough. I think that was around mile 11 for me when my legs started cramping and I felt like I had bricks for calves.
- To echo the above point and try to prevent fatigue from setting in: train train train. I do wish that I would have ran more than 8.5 miles at a time for my “long runs” before the race, but hey – live and learn. It’s not like I choose not to run a longer distance, things just got in the way (like 30 degree heat) and I couldn’t fit in longer runs than that. Next time however, i’m going to make it a goal to at least run 10 miles a few times to get my body used to the distance.
What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned over the years when it comes to exercise?!
It doesn’t have to be for race training- but exercise/fitness in general??