The Chicago Marathon (Part 1, Part 2) was three months ago – this quarter flew by! The weeks leading up to the marathon I dedicated posts to race related topics (Motivation,Logistics, Packing, Outfits). I thought it would be appropriate to wrap up all things Chicago with a look at the numbers and lessons learned.
- This year I logged more miles training for Chicago vs. NYC, however, they were not all quality miles. The intervals, tempos, hill work – all those other runs that make you a stronger runner were not there.
- I wish I could control the weather, but we know that is impossible. I ran several of my long runs inside during the hot hot summer. I was prepared for rain (thank goodness Love Run Philly), but I was not prepared for heat and it was a shock come race day. Embrace the heat next time.
- Fueling-wise I consumed less calories than NYC, but was within the 100 calories/hour guideline. I was not very hungry at times.
- I drank more water/Nuun in Chicago vs. NYC. I like the security blanket of carrying a handheld, so I will continue to do that.
- Ask my runtourage to carry a Diet Coke in case I need a sip later on the race (Cliff did for MCM).
- Have my cheer squad also carry an extra watch (in case the Garmin runs out). Or run with a Timex.
- Salt tablets worked! I was not dizzy this year. Thanks to Jenn of Running on Lentils and Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC for their reviews/rec.
- Need to work on the second half of the race! I’d love to have consistent splits or negative splits one day. That will come with work.
- Be proud of my accomplishments and training even though I did not reach my time goals. There were other variables that impacted the day.
- My cross training dropped off later in training. No bueno.
- Ouch my abs! See above.
- Continue using races as training runs… maybe not Clarendon Day. That is when my quad started hurting. I trained mainly on flat terrain – the Clarendon Day course is not flat.
- I should have scheduled a PT appointment sooner than I did. The initial office I contacted did not have availability, I should have reached out to other offices.
- Continue working on those PT exercises.
- I trained by myself – I’m not much of a talker and I like the alone time. Alternatively, I know I am missing out on the benefits of running with a group (companionship, training outside, etc etc).
- Related to above – consider running with a pace group.
- My runtourage (cheer squad) helped me mentally – broke up the run into segments and gave me something to look forward to.
- Need to work on my nutrition – no more weight gain!
- I lost one toenail – the first time in 11 years! My toenails were painted, so I had no idea I had a black toenail until it became loose. Tip: Paint your toenails if you are squirmy about black toenails 🙂
- I do well when I am held accountable – a coach would help in this area and other aspects of marathon training.
So what is my next marathon? I’ll share tomorrow!
What are your lessons learned from this year?
Fueling/nutrition for runners- any good reads?