What did I learned? Main thing is that I am still dumb. That being said, I can continue. I had 12 weeks of training, which finished with the race day. My objective was below 50 initially, transformed in below 48, after I managed to lower my 10k time to 48 in one training session.
I finished in 54,24. What went wrong? Well, after I judged at cold, I would say … besides my race strategy, nothing. I am capable in ideal conditions to lower my time, and I am able to finish 10.5 km below 48.
Just in the race, those were not ideal conditions, and when setting my objective I did not considered that. Why I say those are not ideal conditions?
- It was very hot and humid.
- The path went trough a very thick forest, that prevented me in breathing properly. I felt like running trough a tunnel.
- The path was very sinuous, preventing maintaining the speed.
- I started very strong, with 4:14 per km, when my fastest km ever is 4:13. Obviously I could not maintain it.
I should have studied better the race course. Not necessarily run it before, although that would have help.
I should have studied the weather forecast better.
Just than I was to set my race objective, knowing all this conditions, and being able to plan my pace per each km.
From my training period, I learned that I need:
- a meals&training diary. If I can have a history where I can look into I can see what type of food it is better for me, especially the meals before racing.
- a routine for my training. I need to have everything planed. I need to know upfront my running days, my strength days and so on.
- to listen to my body, and when needed, rest.
- to continue my mobility&strength program.
- to look into buying a bike. Can be helpful in my running.
- to test energy drinks and gels, hydrating and recovery products.
And finally I need to race more often. The excitement of being in a race made me start very strong, and running more races will give me the experience I need in order to make a plan, and stick to it.
So now I am searching for races in the next period.