As I mentioned in my race recap post yesterday, my first official 10k race did not go the way I had planned. I ran a slower pace than I would have liked, slower than I know I’m capable of. Also, to be quite frank, I felt like crap for most of the race, which is no fun. I’ve spent a lot of time since Saturday thinking about where things went off the rails, so I decided to do a breakdown of what went right versus what went poorly, in the hopes that I can learn from my mistakes and hopefully do a better job of preparing myself next time.
What Went Right
- Got plenty of sleep
- My outfit was perfect for the weather and conditions
What Went Wrong
- Huge helping of greasy, spicy nachos the night before
- Didn’t eat enough pre-race
- Should have brought a handheld water bottle or hydration belt–it was hot and humid
- Should have had some kind of fuel mid-run, but I ran out of gels and chews recently and haven’t had a chance to buy more
- My shakeout run the night before was way too fast, which may have tired out my legs
This was the most disappointing race I’ve had in a while. I’ve run virtual 10k races before, as well as 10k training runs, and I’ve finished all of them faster than I finished this race. It’s also really discouraging to feel like hell for 6.2 miles. I definitely need to get my weekend long runs up to 6 miles on the regular so that these middle distances don’t feel so long and awful.
I also need to come up with a pre-race plan/routine. More often than not, I just do what I feel like doing in the moment. I usually have oatmeal or a bagel before a race, but sometimes I mix it up and have cereal or eggs. I usually eat a healthy dinner the night before a race, but sometimes I have nachos, or a big greasy burger. My race performance is generally unpredictable as a result. Sometimes I feel amazing, and others, I feel like death. I’d be willing to bet that having a more consistent plan of attack will help me perform better.
Do you have a pre-race routine/ritual, or do you fly by the seat of your pants like me?