I thought about this quite a bit on the drive back to Chicago. My final time was 2:37:30. Did I do as well as I thought I could have? No. I thought I could run the half in 2:30:00, but the sun and heat were major factors. So were the hills, but hills are manageable in cooler weather. Hell, cloud cover would have been nice! In all honesty, I was a bit bummed about some of my performance.
Many of the water stations were packed and you had to stop, or walk slowly, to get water. Most stops, I grabbed two waters; one for drinking and the other to help cool me off. In the last mile or two, I walked thru some turns due to traffic and, again, to help cool me. I did walk up a portion of James Robertson Parkway (that was the last uphill before the downhill to the finish).
An on-line friend, Tim, gave me words of encouragement. He told me I had great time in tough conditions. He’s right and it helped me focus on the positives from this run.
Those positives are:
Some personal observations:
I should have trained with Gatorade. I started to drink too much and my tummy was feeling it toward the end. I thought the end of the race was quite disorganized. Sorry I didn’t meet any of the tumblr folks in Nashville!!!
Taking it easy this week with recovery runs. I have to remember to train smart to run smart.