Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Pineland Farms 25k Race Review
About 4 or 5 miles out my right calf started cramping. The rolling hills helped a bit for me to be able to stretch it out, but by the 9 mile mark I realized that I had fallen way behind on staying hydrated. I started drinking what I could (another hindsight mistake was not bringing the hydration vest) and eating anything salty I could get at the aid stations (potatoes/pretzels/pickles) but with only 10k to go, I knew I was doing it to hold me over that I wouldnt be out there long enough to recover completely.
At one point at one of the last aid stations I was getting pretty lightheaded, so I sat for 15 seconds or so til it subsided; as there were just 3 miles to go and I knew I could finish this off. The legs for the most part felt great, and up until that last aid stations my pace was good. I wasnt winded, I was just having a hard time focusing and at the finish, everything I saw was really bright and twinkling. It was a tough go near the end. Felt really weird when I finished, thank God Laura was around and taking care of me. Sat down for a bit, drank anything and everything I could get my hands on (I have a new love of chocolate muscle milk), and after a while we grabbed something to eat and I eventually felt ok. Chalk it up to a learning experience as I do sweat alot but I have never had issues like this with hydration before. In the first day or so I was questioning what I should do and if my goals were too optimistic. But last night and today I really have been realizing that it was a hydration issue, and that I could really have done well had I been able to stay hydrated. Best to learn this during a shorter controlled environment with Laura around to help me.
So back to the trails I go. After the next two weeks my basketballcoaching stint is over, and can commit the time needed. I may pick up a few basketball ref'ing assignments to put a little cash in my pocket. But I cant wait to lace up the Salomons. Thanks for reading and Be Well ~ Sank