A few weeks ago was the first official race event for me of the 2015 season... Rock the Parkway Half Marathon in Kansas City, MO.I posted my preview thoughts a few days before the race, and to recap, the race just kind of snuck up on me with life going on. I'm to the point where completing the race wouldn't be an issue, but I was not really focused on improving performance, setting a PR or anything resembling being competitive with myself or anyone else.
Mostly I just like the event, been in it one form or another since inception and they have a nice early bird pricing deal. ;)
OFF TO THE RACES...So, decided I would brave the race myself and leave the fam behind so the Mrs and the kiddos wouldn't have to sit around to see me at the start and umpteen minutes later at the end. Kind of anti-climatic at this point for spectators.
As I have dialed in my eating habits, which translate into eating smart and not being a pig, I allow myself a day of the week to pretty much stuff whatever I want into my face. This was that day and I delighted in trail mix with extra Reece's pieces mixed in. Delicious. So there I was munching mutant mix on the way to the start, not really paying attention to the fact I ended up eating too much that close to a race. I had an hour to let it settle, but I didn't pay attention and ended up with too much to digest that quick.
So, I cut off the food after parking and sipped some gatorade while milling about the pre-race port-a-potty routine. Hydrate, dehydrate, re-hydrate with some #2 mixed in. Glorious.
Too bad I ate too much and didn't time my last pee break good enough before the race.
AND WE'RE OFFMile 1, feeling good.
AND WE'RE NOT FEELING ITMile 2, had to pee and trail mix was giving me problems.
AND WE'RE STOPPINGMile 3, pee break at the first aid station port-a-potties. Break for the tummy as well to stop sloshing at 165bpm heart rate.
AND WE'RE RUNNING AGAINBreak neck speeds and 165bpm, just holding on for as long as possible. I actually did not stop running again for entire race, opting to jog and sip at pit stops for hydration. That's pretty rare for me.
It was a balancing act of aggressive running and gurgling trail mix in the gut. Around mile 11, on the final stretch, I let it all hang out and drove for the finish line. I've been more taxed after an event than I was at RTP 2015, but I've never been more happy to stop running with a stomach of half digested food. I didn't barf, either, so there's a winner right there.
AND WE'RE DONESo, my PR at the half marathon distance was 1:35:53 last year at the same race, same course.
2015 results were : 1:35:34 - a 19 second PR. Not bad for not really paying attention to a training plan and overeating before the race. I'll take it.
In all seriousness, I do believe the more attention I have paid to eating a better diet and eating to live instead of living and working out to eat has helped in my running. I've permanently dropped a few LBS and that's made me feel a little quicker and lighter on my feet. My philosophy is the less weight I have on me, the less punishment my joints take with workouts in general over the years. I'm going for longevity, not the short term.
So, if I can come out and consistently stay close to my PR's in races, I'm pretty satisfied.