I have noticed that running at my max heart rate wears me out more than anything else. After a half marathon, I don’t feel great for a few hours, but then I’m fine. After a 5k or other max-effort race, I feel SO tired the whole rest of the day! It must be the heart rate because I certainly burn more calories in a half marathon or 10k than I do in a 5k.
Chris, Evan, and my friend Lori and I ran the Rocky Run, a 2-mile trail/cross-country race, this morning. Lori texted me after to ask if it had really happened since we didn’t take any pictures. I always say “It didn’t happen if we don’t take a picture and post it on Facebook!” Some people were taking pictures; maybe I will find some to share soon. Don’t you hate it when there are photographers at races and you never see the pictures?
It’s too bad there aren’t pictures because I high-fived their mascot “Rocky” at the start. Then, I climbed a really super hard hill which somehow doesn’t show up on my Garmin elevation chart at all. Partway in I thought for sure the mile marker must be soon and it was only 1/2 mile. The first 1/2 mile was all UP and some of it was single-track muddy trail. I almost tripped over about 5 kids. Small kids who criss-cross the trail and stop suddenly are really dangerous! Then, the race leveled out and became more cross-country style. Running on grass is pretty tough to me. I’d rather run on a trail or road any day, but it really forced me to push myself. I ran on the heels on Black Capris Lady for a good mile before she finally got tired of fighting my surges and let me pass. Then, I passed two more girls in the last half mile, and tried but failed to pass a third.
Also, I am curious to know if you save your race bibs? I never have, but Chris suggested that Evan start a binder. We’ve saved a few of Evan’s, but not all. And now, with chip timing, a lot of races don’t even have bibs.
I need to know this things from you today: Do shorter, faster races wear you out more than longer ones? Do you like to take pictures as proof that things happened? Have you high-fived a chipmunk in a race? Do you save your race bibs?