In my Marine Corps Marathon recap I mentioned I’d be doing a post on what I thought went wrong. After playing it over in my head a million times since Sunday though, I have decided against it. Thinking of every little possible thing I could have done differently or done better, and continuing to beat myself up for it, won’t change my finish time from Sunday.
That doesn’t mean I’m going to just forget about it and not learn anything from it. There is always something to be learned from every race – good or bad. It just means that I don’t see the need to dissect every factor that could have impacted my race.
Instead I’m choosing to focus on things I can do moving forward to help me hit my goals in future races.
- Stick to a strength training plan all the way through my training cycle.
- Do my best to get enough sleep on a daily basis to help keep my immune system strong and fighting off colds.
- Don’t change too many things up too close to race day.
- Get more training runs in at or faster than goal pace.
- Conversely, make sure I have enough easy runs that really are easy runs.
- Find new shoes and make sure they work for me.
It all seems pretty simple. Now, time to put it into action!
Hopefully, this will be my smile at the end of my next race – not just at mile 1.5!
What big lessons have you learned from racing that have helped you get better?