It’s hard to put into words how inspired we were by many of the runners over this past weekend in Barbados. Run Barbados was a GREAT experience. For our first half marathon we could not have asked for a better event and the bar is now set ultra high for races to come.
The races were run efficiently and the atmosphere was buzzing with excitement from the runners, volunteers working, and many who came out to show their support and cheer on the participants. There was live Caribbean music along the way with traditional steel drums that added to the ambiance. For those who do not know, just days before this weekend Barbados had a large flood that affected the majority of the island, but the organisers still managed to get everything ready despite mother nature’s surprise!
The running track was the best part about this race. It began at the Esplanade in Bridgetown and followed the very scenic west coast of the island before looping back around to finish back at the starting point. It consisted of a couple hills, but nothing outrageous (thankfully). It was a beautiful place to run and really added to the overall experience!!
If you participated in any of the events this weekend, let us know how it went for you, we would love to hear about your experience!
♥ Bunji – We Ready for De Road
THINGS WE LEARNED
✲ THE TRAINING IS IMPORTANT✲
Adrenaline is high from the atmosphere and it’s important to have trained correctly and understand how hard you can push so you don’t burn your legs out before the last few km. Just because you are in great shape does not necessarily mean you can easily run a half marathon, it’s a completely different type of workout.
✲ POST RACE NUTRITION ✲
This distance completely depletes your body. Chances are the last thing you want to do after is eat, but your body needs it. One of us learned this the hard way.
✲ HYDRATE BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER ✲
We found hydrating A LOT, especially the night before was really helpful.
✲ WARM-UP AND COOL DOWN ✲
Do not skip these steps, the warm up and cool down are extremely important for your muscles and help prevent injury.
✲ MOTIVATION ✲
Life happens and there were a few obstacles we had to overcome during the training and the actual event, but that’s all part of the process. It was important to remain motivated, go back to our initial goals, and remind ourselves why we took on this challenge.
Would we do anything differently? Yes, 100%! This journey has been a learning experience and mistakes were definitely made along the way.
FOR NEXT TIME ….
If you completed the half marathon or marathon, what would you do different?
We would focus more on the training and give ourselves a little longer to prepare since we did not have the best running base to begin with. We both had a lot of ups and downs with the training, more downs to put it bluntly. The island we live on, St. Vincent, does not have many places to run longer distances so we ended up running in a circle around the rugby field. Running in a circle 36 times at 5am was not fun, but we made it work and worked extra hard to stay motivated and keep our goals in mind.
We would also eat more after the race. It’s one thing to understand how to properly recover and know what needs to be done, it’s another thing to force your body to do it.
Training and successfully completing a half marathon has been a rewarding experience for the two of us, and crossing the finish line and feeling all the hard work pay off was an emotional, fulfilling moment.
✲✲Did we catch the running bug? Keep checking back to see what’s in store your ‘Midst of It’ girls! ✲✲
If you missed our previous posts about our training programs, motivation and goals and nutrition tips and recommendations you can check them out here!