Good Morning Everyone!!
I wanted to thank all of you for the support and kind words. You can ask Mrs. Schlub, I have high expectations when it comes to my performance and can be rather hard on myself, so it’s great to have a forum to get such great feedback and support. So again, I thank all of you for your comments.
Following up on my race recap, I wanted to go over some lessons learned and some thoughts for the future.
Just like Vegas, I had plenty of time walking to think through what was happening, whether I want to even do this again, and what needs to happen moving forward to combat these less than desired performances.
My body was absolutely wrecked after the marathon. Everything from my waist down was hurting, sore, and tight. The main problem areas were my hamstrings and my left IT Band. At this point, 2 days after the marathon my legs are feeling pretty good, much of the soreness has worked its way out of my legs. The only remaining issue is my left IT Band. At one point after the race my ITB swelled up pretty bad and I thought it was going to tear right off my knee. So I started icing, massaging, and stretching and things are slowly getting better. I went for a bike ride with Buster last night and that felt pretty good to get my legs moving without pounding the pavement.
The Take Aways:
1) Mrs. Schlub Rocks – Again just thanking my wonderful wife for sticking with me during this whole thing. We got to spend some time talking and laughing about my situation and having her there with me really made the whole thing much better.
2) The Marathon Kicked My A@# - Let’s just start with the fact that the marathon is a beast. 26.2 miles is no joke and I need to start giving the distance the respect that it truly deserves. The two marathons that I have completed truly humbled me and certainly put me in my place lol.
3) Half A@$ Training – This is the area that has consumed my thoughts since I was diminished to a hobble at mile 15. Building off take away #1, I haven’t been giving the marathon the respect that it deserves. Mentally I’m thinking that I’m a good enough athlete to get by on talent alone and that on my worst day I could sail through the marathon and crack four hours. Um…..NO!! My training for these two marathons was nowhere close to where it needed to be. It was good enough to “finish” the marathon but that was not my mentality once I got to the start line and started running. Both times I came out MUCH harder than any of my training was paced at and of course my body shuts down just past the half way point.
4) Hydration – My hydration leading up to the marathon was great. I was drinking a gallon of water each day and a gallon and a half the day before the marathon. The problem I’m having is during the race itself. I’m not drinking enough water from my water bottle and aid stations.
You bet your bottom that I’m signing up for another marathon LOL. There is no way I am letting these bad performances be my lasting memory of the marathon. I’m going to take some time off, let my body heal up, and then start planning for the fall. Arizona pretty much shuts down for the summer because it gets so hot here which means I’ll be looking Aug or Sept for another crack at the marathon. Nothing scheduled or planned yet but that is the high level plan.
Secondly, I plan to take on a legitimate training plan where my moderate runs are ranging around 10 miles and my pacing is closer to my planned race pace. I really want to take this next one serious and eliminate as many doubts as possible so that I can have a successful performance.
Lastly, I’m finally making the jump. I’ve already discussed with Mrs. Schlub and I’m going to start a strength training program. I know all of you are thinking “OMG!!!!” LOL but it’s time to make the transition. The reason my hamstrings are cramping up and my ITB is screaming is because they are too weak for the stress I’m putting them through. I not only want to run a successful marathon, I also want to continue improving my overall running performance and I can’t do that on talent alone. I need to start putting in the work and stop all this Half A#$ Training!!
So there you have it, finished marathon number 2 but not quite the way that I wanted to finish. Just need to pull up my big boy running shorts and get back out there and train harder.
When was your last epic disaster of a run? Do you learn more from the disaster runs or from the successful runs??