Another year, another March race. This is one where my training’s been a little haywire but I was still hoping for better. Unfortunately I started cramping around mile 8, which added with back pains around mile 1 and in retrospect I should be glad I finished. Nothing seemed to go quite right, unfortunately. Dressed too warmly and in layers that would be difficult to remove, coupled with (making a mistake I’ve done before) filling my water bottle with a sports drink that I then barely sipped because I’m not crazy about the taste. Between the two I might have dehydrated a little bit. Oops.
Bizarrely I ended up within seconds of the last time I ran this race, two years ago. (2:13:34 this time; 2:13:27 in 2011.) And also one in which I wasn’t thrilled about. So I guess that’s something? Maybe?
Anyway. I finished, that’s a victory, but there are a lot of lessons to be learned here that I’m still parsing.