It’s weird, but when I look at my marathon photos, it’s almost like I’m looking at a stranger . It’s as though someone else did this race for me and I just went along for the ride. I always seem to look healthier in race pictures than I actually feel. Maybe it has something to do with the fact I love what I’m doing , and the camera only captures that.
Well, like most people in the days following a marathon, I’ve been doing a little recovering and a lot of reflecting. From a physical stand point, I’m now totally healed, mentally though, my mind is still in Portland thinking about that 7.5 hour walk and all the extraordinary people I met a long the way.
I’ve tried to do a little self-critiquing on my performance, but other than walking slower than I had hoped ( and loosing my inhalers), I think I did the best I could , with what I had to work with at the time. I know for sure that I trained properly , because I didn’t suffer a single leg cramp throughout the entire race. And even though getting really sick just two weeks before the race was unfortunate, it forced me to take a real taper which helped my legs tremendously. As far as my slow finish time , well, I was still sick, so racewalking was out of the question. The bottom line is, lung function equals speed. The better I can breath on a particular day, the faster I can walk . The only problem is, I can’t forecast the good breathing days in advance. If I could , I’d PR every race!
I think my strongest points during this particular race, was my ability to get mentally back on track after the inhaler mishap ( thank you Anita), maintained a constant and steady pace (albeit a slow one) , and not taking the whole marathon walking thing too seriously . After all, we’re only talking about a walk. OK …. ….a very long walk.
This upcoming week I have 2 medical appointments, one dentist visit , and my xolair injection. Back to reality……Yuk !
PS…. ….Congrats to all who did races this Sunday.