Today I’m talking about half marathons that didn’t go quite the way I expected, and what I learned from them.
Las Vegas RnR: the first time
I chose (sort of) Las Vegas to be my first half marathon because:
- Running with friends (or so I thought)
- I love Vegas
- Mr. Judy also loves Vegas
- Running down the strip at night sounded like a ton of fun
And it was fun. It was also my first half (you can read the recap here), I was unknowingly under trained, and despite all my reading and research, I had a lot to learn.
So why would I like to rerun this? Because I’m really curious how I could do now in a flat and fast race. Well, aside from the fact that it’s a big race, and that has its challenges.
This half marathon may just have had the most perfect running weather I’ve ever had in a half. It was also one of the flatter races I’ve run (although nothing is flat in the northeast).
Little did I know that every single half marathon I ran after this race would be unseasonably hot — with the except of Green Mountain Half (and that one was only insanely windy, but not hot — it is my current half PR, although I came close with my latest half to beating it, but you know what they say about close).
I haven’t yet written up my recap for this race, maybe because it is still too painful to do so after three years. It’s the one with the knee pain.
- It’s normal to ache, but if there’s pain, you better seek professional help
- It’s not always wise to push through an injury
- I will not get through a half without pain if I am not properly trained
These were painful lessons — literally. I learned a lot from them, though, mostly about what not to do.
Craft Classic Phoenix
I know: I haven’t yet recapped this race and that makes three, not two. There hasn’t been time yet; I’m aiming for next week. Maybe. It was so close to a PR, though; I’m still mulling over what I could have done differently to make it happen.
It was a hard fought race — actually, it may just be the hardest race I’ve run to date. The hill in the middle made Heartbreak Hill look like a mole hill — because while I’ve never run Boston, I did do the Heartbreak Hill Half. In fact, the weather conditions for both races were incredibly similar — and I took almost 5 minutes off my Heartbreak Hill Half time.
That hill, and the smaller one towards the end did me in, though. I’m not quite sure yet what I’ve learned from that.
One and done
Going after a half in every state (and being 54) means that I’m one and done: I don’t do over races. Although maybe Vegas someday . . . maybe. Just because we like Vegas. Probably not.
Every race presents its own unique challenges, but what you learn from those challenges can help you in future races. I know I’ve learned a lot from five years of running half marathons. I also know I have a lot more to learn!
Let me know in the comments:
Is there a race you’d like to run again?
Is there a race you have run again because you weren’t happy with what happened the first time?
Don’t you think time should be taken off results for, say, every 5 degrees above 50 or so?