Okay, so after the race on Sunday, I have a list of things that I KNOW I need to address before February.
1--I need to figure out nutrition on long runs. I ate a Cliff Bar at about 6:00 while I was on the way to the race and nothing else until after the race was over, I'd gone back to the hotel and taken a shower, and went to IHOP. I think this may well have contributed to my dizziness and nausea at the end of the race that had me throw in the towel.
2--I need to get some "wright socks" to wear to prevent blisters, and put vaseline on the bottoms of my feet too.
3--I need to get a GPS watch. The HRM does nothing but overwhelm me. The chest strap chaffes and leaves me with scabs all around my chest, and if I had a GPS, I would have known I only had .6 miles left, and wouldn't have asked some stupid cop that was clueless.
4--I need an iFitness belt to carry things in.
5--I need to make a check-list for the morning of the race so I don't forget things like I usually do
6--I will NEVER AGAIN use icy hot
7--I need to find a more effective way of communicating with my friends/loved ones while I"m on the race course.
8--for me, sometimes I need to know just what I'm capable of doing without really preparing or trying, to get an idea of what I might be able to do once I do. I don't know that I would have had any confidence going into Princess Half Marathon if I hadn't done the race on Sunday. Now that I know I almost did it w/o training, I'm 100% certain that if I train, I can do what I want to do, and possibly finish between 3:00 and 3:30, which would be AMAZING!!!
9--My value lies in what I believe of myself and tell myself. I am not defined by what I am told, or what others think of me. I have to be my own biggest fan, because depending on others to do that for me can be fickle, and frustrating. I have always depended on others to tell me what I was capable of because I was afraid to believe my own thoughts and fail, so I figured people on the outside looking in had a more realistic perspective of my abilities. I was wrong. I KNOW what I can do, and I NEED to do it, regardless of what the doubters in my life try to tell me.
Keep on dreaming, folks.