As Racetober draws to a close (and as I work on my MCM recap), I wanted to share a few quick lessons from Racetober, which just ended with my MCM finish. I dubbed October “Racetober” because I ran two marathons with a ten miler in between during the month. Read on to see what I learned.
- You can survive multiple races within a compressed time period. You can even probably set some personal records during that time period. I was able to PR the marathon and the ten miler in October (and come a minute or so within another new marathon PR). If you know what’s coming up, you can be prepared for it. I’m not saying a situation like Racetober is right for everyone, but don’t doubt yourself – you can do it!
- Be diligent about back to back long runs. I will definitely share some more lessons later on, but the one thing I wish I would’ve done was to do a couple of back to back long runs. My training plan usually called for a long run (16/18/20 miles etc.) followed by a cutback week. In retrospect, I should’ve done a few weeks where I did two longer runs back to back. Next time (I’m sure there will be a next time), I’ll do that.
- Set realistic goals. While it’s possible to set personal records during your own version of Racetober, be realistic. That’s part of the reason I always set multiple goals because you just don’t know what the day will bring you!
- Be smart about your taper. Make sure you are resting well, hydrating and keep those legs loose. It matters so much how you handle a taper when you have a few big races within a short time period.
- Support can make all the difference. I knew that I’d see so many friends and my husband out on the course and in the end, that made the race for me. Having such incredible support really mattered for me during the Marine Corps Marathon in a way I couldn’t have predicted. I’ve never had that much and that type of course support before and it was amazing. If you are planning on a string of races like I did, I highly recommend seeing if you can get some friends to come out and support you! More about this in my recap (which I’m working on), but having my friends Julie and Caitlin basically run me in for the last four miles was incredible.
Come back later this week for my race recap!
Have you ever run multiple long distance races within a short time period?