Three weeks prior to this race I ran my twenty-second half marathon. This race, the BAA Half Marathon, is a dramatic contrast to the previous. At the previous race I was focused. I tapered (and nearly went insane in the process). I worried about nutrition and sleep. This time the race wasn’t really on my mind very much.
After having a solid performance at Rochester my ego was over inflated. I thought, even though I wasn’t minding details like rest and hydration, that I could manage a 1:30. I didn’t come close! I did manage a 1:35 and that doesn’t disappoint me. I put in the a high level of effort. It wasn’t the same effort as the Rochester Half but I certainly was trying. It’s just that, on tired legs and a hilly course, I wasn’t prepared to run a 1:30.
Sleep matters. Nutrition matters. Hydration matters. Being mindful of caffeine and alcohol intake matters. All of these details matter if what you want is a great race performance. That weekend the race was close to not being on my mind at all.
What actually was on my mind for the weekend was successful. I planned for it. I thought through the important details. I worked through the timing and the logistics. It wasn’t complicated but it was important. The day before the race I formally asked Amber to be mine forever; to take my last name. This all happened at Rowe’s Wharf. I also made reservations at a restaurant there that I knew she’d love. We had a wonderful day. I got to see her smile almost constantly.
Sometimes races are important. Sometimes they aren’t. We’re very happy!