Many of you – well, several of you – well, one of you â€“ asked that I do a post on the Houston Aramco Half Marathon. Iâ€™ve put off doing so waiting for some decent pictures, but Iâ€™ve come to the realization that as far as pictures of me go, there is no such thing as a decent picture.
But I do want to report on the race because it was great fun, despite the fact that I didnâ€™t do as well as Iâ€™d like.
I had already done most of what I could figure out to avoid the cramping, including increasing my electrolytes, adding carbs the morning of the race, changing my breathing, etc. But I couldnâ€™t beat the cramping. Since the race Iâ€™ve decided that it was my overall conditioning that was the major culprit: I had stopped almost every kind of conditioning training after my back went out this summer. So my plan for this year is to increase conditioning and try some electrolyte pills and figure this cramping out well before next yearâ€™s race, and then to do much better.
By the way, Iâ€™m very seriously considering signing up for the Saturday half marathon in Seabrook on March 15th. Anybody else want to race? The limit is five hundred participants, so let me know ASAP