This past weekend the weather cooperated to have a beautiful Sunday for running. Sunday was the date of my April race. Remember that goal I set to run a race a month? I am now into April and have run one in February, March and April. I ran my second half marathon on Sunday - the Skunk Cabbage Classic in Ithaca, New York.
When I head to Ithaca, I tend to head to South Hill – Ithaca College area – or downtown or the lake. It has been a while since I was on the East Hill – Cornell University area – for anything other than Happy Hour in lower Collegetown. Yesterday, I never even went down into the city. I headed right past the plantations and onto Cornell’s campus for the Skunk Cabbage.
While this was a great race and I cut three minutes off my personal best for this distance, I finished dead last. I am okay with that. I know I passed at least two other people who never came back by me so I am presuming they didn’t finish. Once again, there were some awesome lessons learned that will help with my next run.
Time Between Races
One lesson that I am teetering on is running this distance back-to-back. I am truly hesitant about running the Mountain Goat in three weeks but I have three weeks to decide on that issue. And, the Mountain Goat is only ten miles. I actually had someone tell me yesterday that the Skunk Cabbage is a harder course than the Mountain Goat.
Asthma Still an Issue
I had a smaller, but still had one, asthma attack somewhere around mile ten. This is the same distance that the one hit me in the first half I ran. I am unsure what it is about mile ten. I do long runs in training. I admit usually they are done at a slower pace but I do them and do not have these issues. I am figuring the cold air during the March race made the attack slightly more severe than yesterday’s. Breathing yesterday was an issue with all the pollen and pollenating “stuff.”
I do better when I have someone to run with. I hooked up with two women in my first race. I did run with a couple of women in this one but did not stay with them the whole way. I run better when with someone. Everyone who runs has told me this before so why is it taking me so long to figure it out.
Sleep is so important. I was amazed at how I slept through things I wanted to see on television at the hotel the night before my first race. Unfortunately for my sleep but fortunately for my wallet, Ithaca is just a quick drive so I stayed home the night before. Problem is my sleeping was not a priority of my oldest who managed to get rip-roaring – I feel a talk coming on that he is an adult now, not a teenaged college student – drunk. When he got home, he woke me up and kept me awake for several hours. I do manage much better when I sleep better the night before.
Goals for Upcoming Weeks
For the next few weeks – whether I end up running the Mountain Goat or not – I am going to work some strength training and some speed work into my weeks. I am also going to spend some concentrated time and effort on my diet.