Planning for the last mile not the first

Planning for the last mile not the first

In November I learned a valuealbe lesson. My wife and I were getting ready to run a 12K race in Vancouver, WA. The weather forecast called for high 30s to low 40s and rain the day of the race. It’s the Pacific Northwest so rain is always likely. I packed running clothes that I thought would be right for the race and the weather. The day of the race we woke up to cloudy…but not rainy skies and tempatures in the mid to upper 40s. I decided that I would stick to my plan and wear what I brought. As you can see from the picture that included a rain proof jacket plus a cold weather long sleeve shirt and a running shirt.  My wife warned me I would be to warm, but of course I didn’t listen to her advice (why should I, she runs faster and farther than I do). When we stepped outside the hotel I felt comfortable not to hot, not to cold. My wife on the other hand was a bit cold…huh….who’s laughing now? The race started and not 3K in I started getting a good sweat going. My muscles loosened up and I found my stride. By the 6th Kilometer I was hurting. I was tired, soaking wet from sweat, as the rain jacket did what it was suppose to do and keep my heat in. I was dying to keep up with my wife (which is always my goal…I’ve yet to beat her in a race…2014 is my year though!) My wife on the other hand was feeling great..she went from a bit cold to nice and warm and perfectly dressed for the race. Needless to say by the 8th Kilometer I was pealing off layers trying to cool down and get my energy back (with my wife running backwards a few steps ahead of me egging me on…..wish I was making that up). I did finish…in a t-shirt and plenty warm. Planning for the end not the beginning As I was running this blog post starting rolling around in my head (I write a lot of blog posts while running….I need to get better at actually writing them down). I made a common mistake. I planned for the beginning of the run not the end of the run. It’s the same thing I see happen with technology plans or with laptop/tablet roll...

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