The Eugene Marathon is this weekend. It’s a race that will always be held close to my heart as my favorite mistake after running it last year. It was an epic last 10K meltdown where I lost 7 minutes off my pace…..ouch. I can laugh it off now as I’ve learned from the many mistakes made that day. At the time however I was devastated. I remember calling Coach Felty and screaming into my iphone “I FAILED!!!!” He calmly replied “Don’t go selling all your gear on ebay just yet.” 🙂
Mistake #1 I was running scared. Travels plans were all over the place. My husband decided to float under the sea in a nuclear powered submarine and my kids were on my mind. They were perfectly safe with family but I couldn’t help to feel Mommy guilt that it was others caring for them besides the Mr. or myself. I stood on the starting line with doubt & fear in my heart, worried I couldn’t pull the pace off. Nervousness and a little fear is okay….Doubt is not. Doubt makes you start back another quarter mile from the rest of the field. At Eugene (pic below) I was running with a friend, Mark Cook, who was a coworker of the Mr’s and an All-Navy Marathoner. He had just run Boston two weeks prior to this race so, um, WOW. That’s what I call hardcore. Do I look a little worried about the time/pace/evening news?!?! Stop freaking out Kris!
Mistake #2 Nutrition- For the first time I was allowed my own bottles at the elite bottle stations. See below how cute mine were….sadly cuteness does not make one faster. I should have diluted my bottles more. I also only had three bottles so they were concentrated and I drank too much too quickly before chucking them to the side. I’ve learned now my stomach cannot handle anything more than a few small sips of alternating Gatorade and water at each mile. This was an amateur hour mistake.
Mistake #3 I stopped. I am embarrassed to admit this (too much info alert) but I stopped use the bathroom. Unless you have to DNF for a medical reason do not EVER stop. Your body thinks “Awwwwww Yeah we are DONE!” and shuts down. Trying to get that motor running again is near impossible. Just keep that train a rollin.
So there you have it folks…..a quick sum up of “My Favorite (Marathon) Mistake”. It’s one I would NEVER take back. I truly believe you have to pick yourself up off the floor once, twice, 100 times before you succeed. If you’re not screwing up then your goals are not set high enough. Good Luck to my friends running Eugene!! The medals are AWESOME. Wish I could be with you especially for the pancake after party! Good Luck to readers racing any races weekend!
Any Marathon Mistakes you would like to add?
Eugene serves pancakes after the race (and the winner gets a years supply!!) What was your favorite finish line, race-provided food? Or any non race-provided favs?