Newbie mistake of the week: “Going out too fast”
No, this is not an exercise in serial dating. This means starting of the beginning of a long run (10+ mile) too fast and then paying a price. That is exactly what I did today on our team’s 19 mile run on the marathon course through Wellseley, Newton, up heartbreak hill, past BU to Cleavland Circle and back. I was feeling strong and pushed much harder at the beginning than I should have. To give you a sense of how “too fast” I was going, I set a PR (personal record) for the first 5K, 2 minutes down from my last 5K race on Jan 1. I have to check but I am pretty sure I also set a PR for 10K and half marathon distances. I just got caught up in the excitement and stuck with a pace group that was out of my league. I was doing fine until mile 16.4 and then I completely fell apart. I have never actually hit “the wall” before but I basically was fine and then I was not fine. I ended up walking/jogging/lurching the final 3 miles with pretty much everyone passing me asking me if I was all right. Perhaps it was a good thing to make that mistake now because if that happens on marathon day I would never make it to the finish line. I guess I am trying to put a positive spin on it, but today was a very hard thing for me to handle.
Thanks again for everyone’s support and encouragement! I don’t think I could do this all by myself.