Saturday was quite possibly one of the longest mornings EVER! Bottom line, I did not meet my first goal which was to beat my Knoxville half time- in fact, it was almost 10 minutes to the second slower. My Knoxville was 2:46:35. Saturday was 2:56:33. My back up goal was to beat three hours- which I did. It was hot- about 70 at start time and when you add the running- they say to add 20 degrees- needless to say it was HOT! I got dehydrated and my legs cramped big time so I ended up having to walk a lot more than I planned. So, while disappointed in my time, I finished.
(I did not finish last but thought it was appropriate).
1. Don't do anymore half marathons in the summer (or on the shoulders of highways) the heat was ridiculous and that leads to...
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate- I got dehydrated- even though there were several water/gatorade stations throughout the course and I took some at each- it was not enough and I eventually ended up dealing with leg cramps. It's time to start looking at belt systems so that I can carry more with me- whether that be water or gatorade who knows!
3. When they are going over the course before the race starts and they say they changed the course to take out a couple of hills- they LIED! LOL :)
I'll leave you today with a couple of pictures- a before/after shot and a look at the view (which this was the best part of mile 12)
Question: I didn't wear my compression socks due to the heat (I thought that it might be too hot for them)- do you think it would have helped with the leg cramps?