If you could go back and run/train for a race differently, or revisit an epic one just for fun, what would you redo? What would you rerun?
I try very hard not to dwell on the “what ifs.” Going back and agonizing over what could have been is a great way to drive yourself crazy and it’s not productive in the least. But, I’m human and sometimes, I let my mind wander into overanalysis territory.
While I know, deep down inside, that I am probably very much not cut out for the marathon distance and will most likely never go back for redemption, I do wonder a lot about what might have been on this day.
On the performance side, what if I had actually slept the night before? What if it hadn’t rained? What if I hadn’t lost my mind in the Wide World of Sports? Would my time have been better? Would I have felt more accomplished at the finish line?
On the other hand, what if I had enjoyed the day more? What if I had stopped for some character photos? What if I had hopped on Everest when we passed through Animal Kingdom? What if I had crossed the finish line with a margarita from Epcot in my hand? Would the experience have been incredible enough to encourage me to get out there and try it again?
I’m pretty much at peace with my (current) decision to be one and done on 26.2 miles, but I do wish things had gone a little differently that day.
I was so excited about this race in April. And then so defeated when my hip flexor injury got the better of me a mile into the course. I wanted nothing more than to run the streets of a beautiful, historic city, enjoying the squares and the architecture, absorbing all Savannah had to offer.
Instead, I limped off the course after 3.1 miles in tears, and got myself a big bag of ice as a consolation prize.
This is not how any race should end, ever.
I am hopeful that I am strong enough to get another crack at the entire 13.1 miles on April 8, 2017.
While this race is for a good cause, it is probably the least favorite course in my personal running history. I have no desire to ever run this event again, but I do wish it hadn’t gotten so deeply within my head.
This was the race where I was probably a little undertrained, under-fueled and under-hydrated. I could have avoided a lot of the physical pain had I taken better care of myself before and during the race, but I was still pretty inexperienced, and an unseasonably hot and humid day with a somewhat later start time got the better of me. It was hard swallowing my pride to finish this one, and I am ashamed to admit that this race instilled a lot of doubt in me. My race confidence is still a little shaky, and I can trace a lot of it back to this day.
If you could, what race would you do over?
Do you leave the past in the past, or dwell on the what ifs?