- The more time goes by the more positive I feel about my performance.
- I feel that after the wheels came off that I lost my confidence and then went into my 'survival' mode and rationed out energy. I remember always being aware of how FAR I still had to go, rather than segmenting to each aid station. So, it was more of a mental issue than physical.
- Physically, my calves did flirt with cramps, but they were not as bad as last year. I was able to run through them. However, I am adding calf raises and stretches to my strength routine now as I believe it is a fatigue issue. Also, need to address (ie strengthen and stretch) the achilles and foot (PF).
- Good articles on cramps;
- The fact that I felt SO GOOD right after the race and in the following week tells me that I did not push myself enough during the race. But (the good news) is that it means I was better prepared physically.
Moving forward; Very important to continue strength training!!! With fitness and weight loss will come faster running. Although 'fast' is not a goal, it would be nice to move from the back of the pack to the back of the mid-pack ;) Not sure what I can do about the mental game except continue to train and build confidence.