Current weight : 210
MAD : 13.1
Yearly MAD: Will update....
So, I have not done as good of a job keeping up with my running here. I quit using my watch during my weekly runs because I wasn't disciplined enough to not constantly obsess over my pace. I have kept up with mileage on an app since I carry my phone to listen to music. Anyway, I stumbled into last weekend severely undertrained. I knew that I could cover the distance, it was just a matter of how quickly I could do it.
The morning of the race dawned to rain. Lots and lots of rain. The forecast all week had been calling for it. How in the hell is it that the weather seems to be all over the place, but when there is something you want to do that's weather dependent, they NAIL the forecast like 23 days out. And 9 times out of 10, it's not the weather you want! So, needless to say, I was ready for the rain. Starting temps were supposed to be in the low 50's with a steady rain. Check. I got to the race with plenty of time to lube up, tape up, and find shelter near the start/finish. As I stood around in the pre-dawn darkness, listening to blue music blaring over the speakers, I ran into one of my college buddies and his wife! Super cool to see them in person instead of social media. Soon, it was time for all of us to gather up on Pascagoula St in downtown Jackson, listen to an electric guitar rendition of the national anthem, and *BOOM*, we're off to the races! WIthin the first mile, we pass the Jackson State University brass section of the marching band (the Sonic Boom of the South). They were belting out some kick ass music! We wound through the JSU campus, back through the start/finish line, then turned north. For the next few miles, everything felt fine. The course is fairly hilly, but nothing that I haven't handled before. A steady drizzle fell, but it was actually nice. I was doing a good job of staying hydrated and even took a gel around halfway. Then at mile 10, I felt it. A sudden jolt of electricity through my right calf. The same thing happened in the same calf during this marathon two years ago. It was only for a split second, but I knew what was coming. So, I immediately slowed to a walk and stayed at that pace for about 200 yards. I was able to run almost another 3/4 of a mile before it hit again. So, I walked again. Thus the way the rest of my race went. Run, pain, walk....rinse and repeat. I did a pretty good job of staving off the cramps. It never got debilitating. I alternated water and gato as much as possible. This was merely a result of being undertrained. The biggest thing was, I never lacked energy. I just couldn't "go" because of the potential for cramps. I crossed the finish line in just over 2:17. For a 10:20'ish avg pace. I actually raced at the pace I predicted I would! I though 2:15-2:30 was likely.
Lessons learned. I need to train a bit more just so my legs are adjusted. I GOTTA hit some hills. Running in my flat ass circle of a neighborhood ain't cuttin' it. I still LOVE running. I lost some balance in my life when this whole journey started. I tend to go headstrong into new stuff and running was no different. Finding a good balance is critical for me. I'm almost there, but I gotta add a little more running back in.
Now, I gotta schedule another race!
Races this year:
MS Blues Half Marathon- 1-28-18 FINISHED! 2 hours 17 minutes