Happy Friday! Today I’m linking up with Fairytales & Fitness and Running on Happy for Friday Five. I’m reflecting back on the Dopey Challenge that I completed last month. It was an incredible experience and I still can’t believe I ran 48.6 miles over four days.
Don’t miss my race recaps!
Here are my final thoughts:
I Loved It and I Didn’t Expect To
I expected to feel incredibly tired and barely make it through, but I didn’t. I enjoyed all the miles even with the cumulative fatigue. I loved every minute of it and would do it again!
I was adamant about foam rolling every night, working out kinks, and stretching post race and it paid off. I also took an ice bath after the half marathon and did an Epsom salt bath the night before the marathon. I think this just reaffirmed that these things are important and I should be more diligent about doing them during a traditional training cycle.
Normally I try to watch what I eat before a race, but this time I did a better job of fueling properly the entire time we were there. The Mr. and I have a tendency to eat sporadically when we travel, but I made more of an effort to eat the right foods at the right time to make sure I was getting what I needed. We also packed a lot of nutritious green juices and beet juice so I drank that every day too which I think helped me get micronutrients.
I Can Do Hard Things
Last year at this time I would never have thought I could run a 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon on back to back days especially with the addition of 5-6 miles of walking everyday. It’s insane to think that I did this and that it was fun!
I Don’t Have To Hit A Time Goal
Sometimes I get caught up in the numbers and the time goals and put too much pressure on myself to perform. I didn’t put any pressure on myself for these events and I surprised myself. I managed to have one of my better marathon performances. I think going forward I want to be kinder to myself and give myself more freedom to succeed without being married to a goal time.
I still get all misty eyed when I think about this whole journey. I was so doubtful going into the race weekend and so nervous, but I need to be better about giving myself some slack. I succeeded because I believed in myself and I want to hold on to that as much as possible for as long as possible.
Have you ever had a similar experience?