Hi everyone! Since the Knoxville Half Marathon has came and went I thought I would share some of the lessons I learned. As you know, I used this race as a training run and really just wanted to learn from the experience.
I love reading about how others tailor their training and thought I would share as well. Every race from now is basically just a build up to the Chicago Marathon and the NYC Marathon this fall. I will be announcing my full race calendar tomorrow so stay tuned! There are lots of exciting places on the list.
Well, let’s get right to it.
Knoxville was hard and challenging and difficult and all those other words. I knew this before the race started and afterwards I felt a huge sense of accomplishment because it was so challenging. I have evaluated everything that happened during that race so that I can better tailor my training going forward.
CORE. I have be incorporating a lot of strength training into my routine lately, but need to target more of my core. My abs were killing me after this race because the hills were serious. There is another race on my calendar later this summer with a similar course so I want to be ready.
RUN/WALK INTERVALS. I have never really been all about the run/walk intervals before, but it kept me injury free for this race. Granted I wasn’t trying to set a new PR, but it allowed me to finish strong and run stronger during the minutes I was running. I love that I was able to run without completely wrecking my body too.
FUELING. I still need to try other types of fuel for half marathons. My stomach gets so weird during races and I need to look for a better pre race breakfast. I plan to start trying different things out during my longer run days. I love oatmeal with almond butter, but I am so tired of feeling hungry during a longer run.
STRONGER THAN I THOUGHT. I let the difficulty of the course get in my head for a while, but I am so much stronger than I give myself credit. All the strength training has really been paying off and that it contributed to the outcome of my performance. I am excited to see how this affects my performance in the coming months.
NEW SHOES + CHIROPRACTOR = NEW RUNNER. I talked here about my chiropractor experience, but now that I have run a half marathon I can truly say I feel like a new runner. My hip didn’t bother me and my shoes were awesome during the race which means that sometimes it really pays off to try new things.
All in all the Knoxville Half was a great way for me to determine what is and isn’t working. This is just another reason why using races as training runs really is the best!
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