The Miami Half Marathon has come and went, but I am still working through the lessons I learned from this race. Be sure to check out my recap of the race! I learned so much from the Chicago Marathon, but Miami taught me different things. Read all about my lessons from Chicago here.
Here’s a little recap from Miami…
Throw Away Gear. I usually always neglect to pack throw away gear and I haven’t really regretted it until this past weekend. It was so cold in Miami and the wind chill was horrible. I really could have used a throw away sweatshirt and or pants. Gloves wouldn’t have been a bad idea either. I always hate packing extra items in my carry on for racecations, but I need to suck it up. I will be heading to Goodwill for a couple items to keep on hand in case I need them.
Prepare for Anything. I am such a planner that you’d think this wouldn’t be a problem for me, but it is. I need to be better about packing a couple items in case the weather on race day isn’t what it says on the forecast. During the Walt Disney World Marathon, I was nervous about rain and tried to buy a poncho the night before just in case. I couldn’t find one at our resort gift shop and luckily it didn’t rain, but if it had I would have been soaked. The temps in Miami dropped really quickly and the wind was frigid and I didn’t have anything to wear on race day that was warm. From now on I will be packing a garbage bag and an extra layer of clothing just in case this happens again.
Pre Race Dinner. Since we were out and about the night before the race, I didn’t have my typical pre race meal. I had a chicken burrito the night before the Miami Half Marathon when I would normally have eaten pasta with red sauce or pizza without a lot of cheese. The burrito wasn’t enough of the right food and my performance showed. I had a stomach ache on race day that was partially due to my pre race dinner choice. Some people can eat whatever before a race, but I am not one of those people. My body needs food that is easy to break down in order to avoid tummy troubles.
Back Up Fuel. I didn’t take any gels or fuel with me on the course for the Miami Half Marathon and I regret it. My stomach was hurting for the latter part of the race, but I really could have used something. I normally wouldn’t need much for a half marathon, but I expended more energy than usual during this race because I shivered for nearly an hour and a half before the start. I couldn’t have stomached a sugary gel during the race, but I would have really loved a honey stinger waffle. They are easy on the stomach and provide sustained energy.
Each run or race is a learning experience. I’m thankful that these lessons came during a race that wasn’t really a goal race.
Have you learned similar lessons?
What was the take away from your last race?