If you don’t learn from your mistakes you are destined to repeat them. Isn’t that how the saying goes? I didn’t want to look at my time breakdown from the marathon because my time was so awful, not at all what I was capable of or envisioned. Why look at it now? But then I started rereading my training log with all those runs I had showing me that I was running fast for an 8 miler, running at race pace for a 13 miler, running my faster training paces for even those 18 mile night runs I had to do. SO WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED?!!
I keep saying this and my better half keeps reminding me that I was injured. I forget that I was injured going into the race because I feel fine now (note: I’m not running right now). And as time goes on, I keep rewriting more and more race history. I have now convinced myself that I ran a horrible, slow race because I wasn’t fit and didn’t have enough training under my belt. Again, my better half is refuting this and keeps telling me that the proof is in the stats… you know, those numbers that I have refused to look at. But I guess now it’s time.
Let’s see…. what invasive tracking should I study first? I never really examine my Garmin stats. I use my Garmin to see if I’m on pace in the moment and that’s it. I think I look at it once or twice a year, always after a marathon. And I’ve never used the Garmin app before that I can recall. Wow… Garmin tracks EVERYTHING. Time, calories and pacing are so 2010! The Garmin 220 app tracks your moving time vs elapsed time (thanks, I had successfully blocked that out but ok), your average run cadence vs your maximum run cadence (great, now I have to look up whether mine is good or bad), your average stride length (that’s a thing?!), elevation gain and loss, pace per mile, overall time, and then provides you with elaborate graphs of all that data so you can really see your failure in full color high definition.
This is what I found out about Marine Corps:
Up until mil 9 I was doing my “run conservative” thing. Then I started getting antsy because I felt so good. So for the next 2 miles I started going faster. Then I realized that it was crazy to start trying for a negative split this early so I forced myself back down for what I thought would be me waiting to crank it out at mile 18. Instead, what happened is that I slowed down by a full minute at mile 17. Miles 21 & 22 were my worst. That much I knew, but interesting to see proof. Those miles were on that horrible incline to Crystal City. Once I got there I regained my mile 17 pace, which wasn’t great but faster than those 2 bad miles.
So why don’t I feel better now? I know my foot was hurting really bad on those hills and that all of the ups and downs ended up taking a toll by the time the last part of the race was unfolding. But I can’t shake the idea that it wasn’t my foot at all… that it was just me. If I had been a stronger runner I could have dealt with the plantar fasciitis in a way that wouldn’t have cost me so much time. If I had done more hills, I wouldn’t have been yet again destroyed by hills during a race.
But I was at my racing weight! I had done the training and the intervals at speed for my plan! Did I just run inside too much? Yes, I did a lot of treadmill running, but every time I did an outside run I was doing it FAST! I didn’t do many of my long runs over 15 miles outside because I didn’t have a choice (weather and spouse’s schedule). But was that the real reason I had problems?
Anyway, that’s where I’m at right now. My Garmin stats did not make me feel better. And I’m in danger of doing something really rash – like signing up for either A1A Marathon in Fort Lauderdale (FLAT!) or signing up for Tallahassee Marathon (FLAT? & COLD). I’m telling you, I get one good double digit run under my belt here soon, where my foot doesn’t hurt, and I think I’m going to do it. Why didn’t I start with these in the first place?! Fort Laud is by the sea just like where I train! Racing in an area completely opposite of how you train is stupid! (Ergo I am stupid)