Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week’s Tuesday Topic: what did you learn from your worst race? You can write about this or any running related topic. Remember to link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post.
There’s no question that the 2017 Chicago Marathon was my worst race ever. Although I felt good about my training going into the race, race day was awful and it was a very loooong marathon (I ended up walking at least half of it). Here are a few lessons I learned from that race.
You can be OVERtrained
I did a 20 week training plan which I now know is too long for me (my sweet spot is a 14-16 week training plan). I just think it was a little too much running for me so I probably went into the marathon with my legs not as rested as they could be.
Take care of your body
I was taking a rest day every week of training, but I wasn’t really good about stretching, doing my PT exercises, etc. It took me a little longer to recover after the marathon (vs my first marathon) and I think that was one reason for the slow post-race recovery.
Don’t take it too seriously
I put a lot of pressure on myself for the marathon which ultimately backfired. It was my second marathon, so for some reason I thought I had to PR (still not sure why I thought that). I was SO rigid with my training – never missed a run, never deviated from the plan, etc. Doing that for 5 months just wasn’t healthy and was part of the reason the race was so miserable for me.
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