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September 7, 2009

Post Race Reflections

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:04

I woke up this morning feeling pretty good.  A little sore but I think that’s because I sat on my butt for the majority of the day yesterday.  Part out of laziness, part out of race exhaustion and part out of homework.

Nothing actually feels sore when I’m sitting or even walking around and being active.  But my quads, shins and parts of my feet (the area right around / above my toes) are sore/hurt when I touch them.  I’m not really worried because I ran really hard yesterday and I’ve been training above and beyond what is necessary for a half.  The rest of the races on the docket are shorter so I’m sure my mileage will decrease a bit and the stress of so many miles will be lessened on all my muscles and joints.

I decided to go for a recovery run today.  I’m a big believer in running really lightly after a hard effort to get my blood moving. I stuck to a route close to home so that I could let my legs dictate how long I was going to go.  The first mile was pure torture — not going to lie — my legs just felt off.  But something about the weather must’ve gotten my body in a more pleasant mindset because the next 5 were great.  BTW, today the high was never above 67*.  Holllller.

I stopped after 6 because that was the point where my legs started to fatigue.  On a normal training run I would have tried to push through it to “teach” my legs how to run through fatigue.  But that wasn’t necessary today.  I think that by doing my run this way I was able to listen to my body because I wanted to stop before my legs started feeling it because as soon as that fatigue sets in I’m prolly doing more damage than it’s worth.

The run was also really good to let my mind ponder the race and I got to muse over it. Here’s a bit of what went on in my head:

  1. My pace yesterday was 7:47.  My tempo pace is 7:20-7:30.  Does this mean that I have more potential than I’ve been letting out? Am I racing too conservatively?
  2. I suck at pacing myself.  I need to learn how to “feel” speeds and not rely on my watch.  I got a little OCD and was checking my watch at almost every mile marker.  I mean, I was out to PR, but NH is really pretty and it would have been nice to rubberneck a little bit.
  3. Tony DiNozzo is really hot.  Thank god there’s an NCIS marathon on today.
  4. Wow my pace today is the same pace as my easy runs have been, maybe a little faster.  What kind of racing potential do I have?
  5. I don’t feel any pain in my legs at all! Wait, ouch to random muscles hurting, like the one in my big toe.
  6. Man, this pace is effortless.  Did I really race yesterday?

Well, now that I’m creating a list of thoughts, it appears as though I can’t think of one.  Funny how that works. But I think the overlying theme is that I’m pondering my racing potential.  Although I think it’s mostly that I should develop a good racing strategy.

Okey dokey. Got to go finish packing up.  I’m heading back to school tonight. Hope y’all had a good Labor Day!



  1. Sounds like you didn’t race hard enough 🙂

    Your legs should be shot today!

    Comment by Matt — September 7, 2009 @ 19:55

  2. +1 to what Matt said. Great job on the race, though! That’s awesome! Your running is really coming along. Way to go!

    Comment by LARunner — September 7, 2009 @ 20:14

  3. You love NCIS too?? Its so hard to find that wonderful trait in people! 🙂 haha.

    Comment by Kathleen — September 8, 2009 @ 06:48

  4. Great job on the race. If you find the secret to pacing success, definitely pass it on to me. I find longer distances are “easier” than shorter ones, but I have a terrible time trying to figure out what race paces should feel like.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — September 8, 2009 @ 12:44

  5. Terrific race. Sounds like you left a bit in the tank. 🙂 Keep pushing!!! Pacing is my biggest impediment. If I can ever figure that out, I might be a decent runner one day.

    Comment by a marathoner — September 8, 2009 @ 13:42

  6. hi! you read a lot of the blogs i read… i kept seeing your name so i jumped over to check you out and i saw you were talking about Swanzey Half!!!! I totally ran this race 🙂 it is basically my hometown. my high school (Keene) played the high school where the start of the race was (Monadnock) in all sporting events… crazy!!!!!!!!!!! you are a senior in college??? i think you could push it probably if you didn’t feel totally spent!! it’s hard to say 🙂 guess you’ll have to run another half!!! if you like the area there’s one coming up that people tend to like– the hollis applefest… it’s hilly tho!

    Comment by Lacey — September 8, 2009 @ 15:53

  7. […] it out immediately.  I plan on running and racing for awhile and from the looks of the comments of yesterday’s post, many of you want the secret if I ever figure it out. Pacing is so subjective and I am not […]

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  8. […] Interesting to think about that after my half 2 weeks ago I wrote a post-race post about not going fast enough at the beginning and being too conservative.  Clearly not the case […]

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