On Sunday I ran the Mountain Lakes Trail Run in beautiful Princeton, NJ. It’s a very good thing I decided to do this race before my upcoming half marathon. I did just about everything wrong for this race but luckily it was only 3.5 miles. So, because I love lists, let’s just list out all of my mistakes so maybe I can learn from them.
- I went out WAY too fast. I was running with two of my very tall and speedy friends so I was trying to keep them in view, which made me suck wind and have a killer side stitch during my 2nd mile. See splits below:
- I didn’t properly fuel before the run. I breastfed the baby right before the start and I should have eaten something before starting the race. Lesson learned.
- I wore something that I haven’t worn in a couple of months and normally I would be ecstatic about having my fat cloths starting to fit me looser but constantly pulling up my pants up during the race is NOT CUTE.
- My belly was FULL of water. I could literally hear it swishing around. I didn’t go to the bathroom before the start – oops!
Even with everything that went wrong, I was so grateful to be on a trail running and doing what I love. It was a beautiful park and a great trail. Still smiling….