Running in the Holualoa Tucson Half Marathon had more than one first in store for me.
Yes, it was my first, and most likely only, race in Arizona.
One first I didn’t know was going to happen was sitting on a shuttle bus for over an hour to stay warm before waiting another 30 minutes before the start. It would be nice if that didn’t happen again.
The other first that I did know about beforehand was this…the course was mostly downhill. See below:
Sounds easy. Maybe looks easy. Here’s the deal: it messed with my head. I didn’t make an amateur move and start out too fast. It actually felt like I managed my pace pretty well. But it was deceiving. Although it felt okay, turned out my first, and most likely only, largely downhill race may have messed with my head in a totally new way.
You know the boiling frog syndrome metaphor?
Well, it didn’t get catastrophic. No paramedics were involved. Nothing like that.
What happened was I thought I was fine and was going to be able to keep the pace I started, but my body didn’t agree with my head. The subtle impact of the course won. It gave me a reminder. Being comfortable, being fine, going downhill has its own challenges. Adjust. Keep learning. The course, the journey always has something to teach you.
On behalf of all us frogs, thank you, Tucson! May we never stop learning!