Thursday Mike B asked me: "What would you do differently?"
What a great question!
I hadn't even begun to think in earnest about the race. My blog post was my gut reaction and I'm glad to have that documented to read later and see what nuggets I can glean from it. Because I'm now at the point I'm half seriously contemplating the next one (and I am completely sober).
As for an answer my immediate thought: fuel, and honestly I don't think that was an issue, I don't recall feeling that spaced out starry eyed pre-sugar crash. However it concerned me in the beginning of the race when I realized I'd had half a bagel with peanut butter and half a bottle of water and half a bottle of diet coke. I stuck to the fueling I had used during my training runs, two GU chews every 3 miles and water. At the aid stations after mile 7 I consumed: 1/4 of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, probably what amounted to a handful of chips, a banana and an orange (maybe two - I love oranges) and probably over 100 oz of water, maybe close to 150 I wasn't monitoring it very well, plus some coke and Heed.
All in all I feel like I did well with my fueling, mostly because I didn't crash or hear the trees talking to me.
Maybe more hill training? I'd of walked less of the flat prairie with more hill training (or less sun and heat?)
Maybe a time goal? I went in with a 7:30 goal and with the heat upped that to 8:00.
I think that is a fantastic question and for most of my previous races I could tick off quite a few things, the first being training and the second being why did I want to do this race, what was my reason?
Do you ask yourself "What would I do differently?"
Beth, just jabbering away in a stream of consciousness with no real answer....