Saturday, March 5, 2011

Snickers 1/2 Marathon Debrief

Well Mammoths the race is in the books. As Dickens wrote, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." I think that describes my race rather well. I started off awesome, feeling good, very positive by the end I just wanted it over.
So Mammoths it was a perfect day for the larger runner. It was overcast so the sun was not beating down on me to badly and the heat index was warm but not oppressive. All in all it was the best type of day for me to be successful.
Well when the cannon went off Matt and I tore it up the first few miles. We were hitting our marks, I was well hydrated with my KamelBak, and I was taking my shots every thirty minutes. We were totally on track for a under 3 hour 1/2 and then the wheels fell off.
At 81/2 miles I was through. I tried to run 5/5, 4/6, 3/7, and finally 2/8 but I was exhausted and there was no way for me to get that energy back. I eat an extra packet, drank more water, but whatever I did was not enough. I was so tired but I knew that I could not nor would I quit. I live by the motto, "Its better to be Dead Last than DNF! Its a motto we should all live by Mammoths.
I finished but it was rough but I am never giving up. I learned a lot about myself on this race. I learned that I need to keep losing weight. I believe that I have an hour and a half around my midsection and that just has to go. I also learned that I need to get more informed about nutrition and not eat the pasta dinner served by the race, even though it went to charity, and just cook myself.
Well Mammoths I am pretty tired. Thanks for the cheers today, I really appreciated them. As always, I hope to see you out on the range, stay close to a good watering hole, and watch what you are grazing on.

1 comment:

  1. You rock man! How many people do we know that run half marathons, however you finish them. As you have said many times, you are not a Math-Lete. You are definitely one of us, a Try-Athlete!