Well, you're right, the time of day etc. could have something to do with it. (That's practically my bedtime.) Don't feel bad. You just had a bad race.
Your training laid the foundation for harder training. It can take years to build up strength, speed and endurance and have them all come together at the same time.
How was the course? Too bad they had such a small turnout. Seems like Macklin is hugely popular and for some reason every other mile is a small low key event. Would have thought the venue here would have changed that. Hope they have it next year.
Training is a continuum...Now that I'm missed a couple of races to injury, I could say 'too bad I wasted the last ten years training.' Or I could say, 'next week I'll likely be running again. The fitness is not going to evaporate in 5 days...and likely the rest will have done my body good and it'll actually be an improvement.' And you can say - 'I'm glad I trained the last 6 months. I learned a lot about training and myself, and the real training starts now'.
Bummer, but live to fight another day. Work stress is bad news leading up to a race.... Your past races and your track times would indicate this was just an off day.
Trouble w JD is that he likes to focus on one type training every phase. base miles, speedwork, intervals. doesn't work for every runners schedule, not if your an amateur without a fixed season. Not that i was following JD exactly, but by the time I got to phase 3, i was super-starved for intervals.
the course was great, fresh grooved concrete. Ben Rosario announced the start and said it was slightly downhill and that "back in the day" the St Louis track club did a similar Riverfront Mile this time of year. As advertised, it was flat straight with each quarter mile marked, though no timer clock, just the guy reading the half mile split, which helped.
appreciate all you guys said above, that helps me get back in the mental game. really, I do enjoy the training, much more than racing. I had somewhat high expectations for this season and just have to adjust goals to reality. it's not the end of the world. funny, that Hollywood Dash last year was an evening race about 5:30pm if I recall and I felt OK then. not sure why a 7pm race was so tiring. have done bike races that time of day so I guess it was just work stress or a million other factors or combination.
well, I'm a big believer in getting my money's worth for a pre-paid race, if basically healthy and no conflicts so putting my hat back in the ring for MO senior games. not going in with high expectations, just get some more race experience, cannot hurt unless I tie myself up in knots with unhelpful thoughts. gotta get the mind in the right place and the legs will follow. try to find a way to stay positive.
when i saw the forecast for MO was 90's, I thought about bailing...oh no, not last year, all over again! But attitude is everything.