CapCity? I'd run the distance a couple of times in training and did great. Race day? I hit a serious wall at mile 11.
USAF? I started feeling fatigued at mile 12. Mile TWELVE! Miles 18 through 24 were miserable.
So, what happened? I have a few theories:
- Going out too fast. Obviously, that's a common occurrence at races. All the excitement gets the best of me. I believe this was the main issue last year at CapCity.
- Weaving through the crowd of racers. I know I wasted a lot of energy in the first mile weaving around walkers that lined up with the 3 hour pacer at USAF.
- Races have a completely different atmosphere than training. Yes, that's also why we love races. They're exciting. Training runs are generally lacking in the excitement department. Most of the time I'm alone and the most excitement I have at 5am is spying a skunk in the 'hood. Sometimes I have friends to run and chat with, but it's not exactly race atmosphere. (sorry, friends)
- All of the above.
Here's my big plan to ease the Race Day anxiety:
Wait for it.....
Pretend it's a training run.
That's it, folks! My big plan!
Keep your fingers crossed for me, ok?
What strategies to you use to keep you from choking at races? How do you keep from going out too fast?