1. chasing the bunny early in the race - I need a plan B when I couldn't find the bunny and being stuck with huge crowd. I should have ran my own race, pace myself rather than wasting energy and started out too fast to chase the 3:50 bunny. I recall while I was full of frustration during the first 2km, I thought I saw my heart rate around 200... just a few days ago I checked my Garmin history, I did had sky rocked my new maximum heart rate to 205 - result of panic + running between 3ish-4ish min/k!
2. running in a pack - since I have been a lone runner from the beginning, trainning, running by myself almost all the time, my experience of running in a pack was very limited. I was constantly changing my pace during the first 5-10k due to the people that were between me and the bunny. I didn't want to be too far behind the bunny but it frustrated me that there were half marathon runners got in the way and couldn't keep up the same pace. I am not sure how to avoid this in the future with lots of runners... Again, I should stop fighting for a spot and just run my own race.
3. hydration - It appears on humid day I probably lose too much salt or something, my calves started to cramp. This is the 3rd time this happened in a humid day with distance beyond 21k. I probably just need to take more Gatorade at water station or a veteran runner told me that I can try salt tablets.
A quick rundown of my running after the Marathon:
- Monday - wanted to rest but it was raining in the morning so I didn't bike to the bus stop, ended up I had to run 2.33km back home. Every part of my legs still hurts especially my calves and quads, average at 6:22m/k with 141bpm.
- Tuesday - rest, cavles, knees, quads were all still aching.
- Wednesday - I felt about 85% recovered, at the end of the day it was the right calf still aches.
- Thursday - Took 2 days off to take my kids to Niagara Falls, I ran around the falls for 4k at night with breaks of taking photos of the falls (really enjoyed the night view of the fall and the solitude). Average at 5:28m/k with 139bpm.
- Friday - Headed off to Marine land and drove back home after. It was a raining day and the traffic was just horrible, took me almost 4 hours from St. Catheriine back to Thornhill! that made me much more exhausted than running a Marathon... I hate driving around GTA!
- Saturday - rest day, recovering from traffic jam :-)
- Sunday - Went out for a 33k run, average at 5:52m/k with 156bpm, felt great although legs were a bit tired after 29k.
- Monday - rest, legs were tired from the 33k run.
- Tuesday - Legs felt 100% fresh, ran the first fast short run after the marathon. 4k average 4:42m/k with 166bpm. Splits: 4:54, 4:47, 4:40, 4:30. My fastest time on this 4k route ever with a backpack after work! It was a hard run but I didn't feel that exhausted! this is totally weird I don't know what happened.