What I learned training for the Peachtree:
- Hyponatremia is easier to get than I thought, especially when I'm sweating a lot. What I had thought were tension headaches were really a lack of salt after running and sweating buckets.
- I tried too hard to run the whole distance thinking only novices took walk breaks. This set me up for sciatica that was excruciating and eventually ruined my Peachtree experience. The mental setback was significantly more painful than the actual injury.
- The right shoes and gear matter - a lot!
- If it's too hot outside, I'm just not going to have a fantastic run. That's okay.
- Cooler weather is my friend! Once I get warmed up, I don't struggle so hard to keep going.
- But just because it's cold and I don't think I'm sweating doesn't mean I'm not actually drenched in sweat. Today was my first hyponatremia headache, and it's not pleasant. I'm going to get some electrolyte refueling stuff from the running store this week. More about that later.
- Due to my hypoglycemia, I need to eat something on the long run. The refueling helps tremendously.
- The Stick is my friend! It brings a whole new meaning to "hurt so good".
- Recovery runs, while they seemed insane at first, are also my friend.