Those who live life to the fullest learn on a daily basis.
It is impossible to know everything. There is always something new to learn. This morning, almost a week after my first race, I sat down and reflected on the experience and what I learned from it.
The fact that I was not able to complete the distance without a couple of walking breaks needs to be analysed. During my preparation for the race I was able to run thirty minutes or more without stopping but why couldn’t I do this on race day? I have come up with some possible answers and solutions.
First, the race start time was 10:00 and I got up at 5:30, travelled to the race, registered early for the free t-shirt, and waited about 90 minutes for the starting whistle. This was the first time I had run after 8 in the morning and this may have been a factor in my dismal performance. Although, I prefer to run early I am going to vary my training times so that I will be used to running later in the day. Another solution might be finding a race with an earlier start.
Second, instead of concentrating on running, I was too busy looking at others, observing their attire, running shoes, and panicking because everyone was effortlessly passing me at the start. Next time, I am not going to pay attention to anyone or anything other than my watch.
Third, my clothes didn’t feel comfortable. Instead of wearing one of my usual running t-shirts I chose a blue one to match my new sneakers. The obvious solution is to try out my running outfit before race day to make sure it is comfortable and practical. Comfort before fashion and matching colors.
Of course, making a few changes may help me feel more mentally focused on the race but I still need to do more physical training to improve and cover the distance without walking. I plan to do things a bit differently for my next race. The race goal is still to finish in less than 40 minutes but without walking. Actually, if I can do this then my time should improve.