Cap City 1/2 Marathon. Race #33. 1/2 Marathon #7. (PR!!)
Fact: It’s been almost 3 months since my last post, and in my last post I was whining about running making me crazy.
Fact: Sometimes it still does.
Fact: My full marathon is in less than 2 weeks.
Fact: I just got a half marathon PR.
This is the first time I have run the Cap City Half as a resident of Columbus. Which is awesome, because I did not have to do much traveling to get to the race. However, it also meant that I was responsible for getting myself to the race site! 🙂 I decided to drive on my own instead of taking a ride because it was so early in the morning. But that turned in to a disaster because there was so much traffic!
I still made it to (what i thought was) my corral on time, but missed out on a team photo which was disappointing. I had about 15 minutes in the corral to warm up (and it was pretty chilly that morning), then they started announcing corrals and taking off. I was in corral E. And then suddenly E was gone and I realized I was standing in corral F. Ooops. So, I managed to go around some Fs and catch up to the pack right away!
This time around, I wanted to put my full marathon plan to the test, and I think it worked out.
Breakfast: I’ve had a lot of stomach issues during this training, so eating/nutrition has been a challenge. Before the race, I made 4 saltine & peanut butter sandwiches. (8 saltines + 1 tbsp pb) For the full, I think I will try a few more of these.
Run/Walk: I immediately set my timer on my iPod. I did 10 minute runs, followed by 1 minute walks. I was nervous about not making good time with this method, but l still ended up with a PR. I was less sore and less dehydrated than I have been for most races, so I like this method.
Water Stations: Skip the first. It was very crowded, and I had my water bottle, so I kept going. I did not want to break up the rhythm I had just started with my run:walk and was able to make up for some time lost at the beginning of the race.
Music: I need new tunes! Spent a lot of time skipping songs, or running with things I don’t like, so I need to fix that… also, i dropped my iPod so it might be dead. Fingers crossed it still works, cause I can’t afford that cost right now!
Headphones: Get new ones! The ones I ran with over the weekend repeatedly fell out of my ears. (as you can see here:)
Compression: I bought calf-sleeves at the expo the night before the race. They always say Nothing New On Race Day! but I LOVED trying these out. These are a must-have now.
Nutrition: I grabbed water at the 2nd refueling station. I did a GU at about mile 6, followed by water. I think I only grabbed Gatorade/sports drink 2 or 3x this race. I started getting hungry around mile 11, so I had another GU. Ordinarily, I would have kept running through to finish the Half, but since I was testing my full tactics, I went for it. Both GUs had caffeine and did not affect my stomach at all.
Post-Race: I kept walking and moving. Had a bottle of water and a gatorade, and part of a bagel. Did some minor stretching, and then went out for lunch. I ended up eating half of a spicy black-bean burger, fries and a milkshake. YES, a milkshake. Not the most Weight Watchers friendly post-race meal, but I have been going through a slump. More on that in a bit.
Over all, I am happy that I stuck to these tactics and learned what I want to do for my next race!