Day after…

So here are my stats for yesterday’s Newburyport Half Marathon

  • I finished in the top 18% of the participants
  • I finished in the top 25% of men
  • In finished in the top 15% of my age category (40-44)
  • I recorded my second best half marathon time at 1:49 (8:22 pace)
  • I came out with no injuries whatsoever

So why do I feel like crap this today? I feel like I ran the worst race of any race I have run in the past. I struggled from five miles onward and found myself WALKING which I never due in these races and so very frustrated as a result. When I crossed the finish line, I was so troubled by the race that I refused to do my normal review of the race, instead moving onto the rest of my day! Truly disgusted is the best way to describe yesterday morning!

Ok, venting out of the way, let’s look at what worked yesterday. 

  • First, my pace was not bad given I walked about 3-4 minutes of the race yesterday. My calf started acting up around the 10 mile mark which also had me doing some extra stretching. If I do not walk yesterday, then my pace is actually close to 8:00 which would be near my previous best. So overall, not a bad run.
  • Overall, the body feels good today. Aside from a flare up with the PsA, which has been ongoing over the past 72 hours (and could explain the sluggishness of the race), I feel rather normal today. 
  • I was able to take part in an extremely scenic race! The race went along parks, around ponds and basically avoided any major roads for about 60% of the trek which is a solid ratio in my opinion (short of a trail race). The views were simply great!
  • I got to try out some gummy energy dots on the route yesterday. Unsure what they did for me but I did get a “push” from them in the race. It did not overcome the sluggishness but it helped me keep up the pace and son that is a positive!

So what are the lessons to be gleaned from this race? Well in the “negative” a lesson can always be learned! For example, I needed to eat better leading up to this race. I did not. My best races have been run when the gluten is out of the system and I am carbo loading. I did not do the latter which I am now seeing was a mistake. It truly does matter what I eat and drink the night before!

Another lesson to be learned from the negative of this race is to deal with my PsA “flare ups” sooner. Just in case you don’t know what a flare up is, it is this: a period of time where the joints are stiff and pain levels in the body are much higher than normal. These “flare ups” occur three to four times a year and they are very hard to combat. But once way to beat them back is via a mix of vitamins and Alieve that I take each time – this time however, I did not do so because I was afraid what that would do to my race. Damned if you do…damned if you don’t?

Lastly, the next time I race, I will not listen to an audio book that is narrated by a person with a dull monotone voice. I am currently listening to “The Game” and Ken Dryden is just dull. This is not to say that the content of the book is dull – it is anything but that. However, Ken Dryden sounds like someone at the end of the bar who is depressed and is telling only sad stories (again the stories are not sad). This “setting” however does not well against a background of running a half marathon! More up beat sound and perhaps music should be my “soup de jour” next time.

A full review on the race will be coming in the days ahead. My initial reaction to the race is the following

  • Race course: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (out of 5)
  • Organization: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (out of 5)
  • Post Race: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (out of 5)

More coming soon!

Thank you for reading as always!


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