Lots of words…..sorry
As some of you know I am currently on a break from running due to a knee injury.
That doesn’t mean I can’t think and talk about running non-stop.
A few people have asked about my last marathon so I thought I would do a re-cap of the race.
If you are interested here is the post about what I learned from the race.
The week of: This is pretty crazy because I am the queen of tapering.
Wednesday: Body Pump Class. I also taught spin that night.
After pump, one of my good friends from the gym approached me wondering if I wanted to race the Top of Utah Marathon that upcoming Saturday. She had hurt her knee and could no longer race.
Um, free race. Heck, yes.
I called the race director and he said it was fine to transfer her bib.
I knew that I had done a lot that week and I hadn’t mentally prepared for the race so I told myself I was just going to take it easy and have fun.
The best part of the whole thing was that I didn’t even have time for Pre-Race Anxiety.
Friday night we drove up to Logan. On the way there we stopped at Fazoli’s for breadsticks and spaghetti. I also had two brownies later that night.
We stayed with our good friends and didn’t go to sleep until 2 a.m. Once again, I didn’t care about going to bed late because I was just doing the race for fun.
We woke up 3 hours later. I stole some of my friends food (pb toast and granola bars), put on my mismatching outfit and I was dropped me off at the buses.
*I also take beta alenine before a race, it helps prevent lactic acid build-up, which is what fatigues muscles. Try it if you are an endurance runner, it is awesome.
A new ipod shuffle because he knew how sick of lugging my iphone around I was…… He engraved ‘Pain is Temporary’ on the back.
It was about 30 degrees at the starting line. The race began at the top of the most beautiful canyon I have ever seen. I didn’t have to use the porta potties, I was in a great mood and they had a huge heated tent at the starting line. About five minutes before 7 I headed towards the front of the line and talked with some of the girls around me.
The gun went off and I started out at about a 7-minute mile. I felt good and told myself to go faster. I paced myself with a speedy guy which was really helpful, although he probably found me kind of creepy.
If you read my lessons post you know I had an aha moment in the first half of the race. I transformed my whole way of thinking, I became my own BFF and I enjoyed every second. I will spare you the cheesy dialogue I had with myself.
I saw family at mile 13, 18, 23 and the end….spectators weren’t allowed in the canyon. Seriously, it was the most gorgeous scenery I have ever seen.
I wish I had all of my stats for you but all I remember is my 1/2 was 1:28 and I finished in 3:04:45.
Not negative splits but considering the second half was all flat and uphill, I am okay with that.
I finished and ate a Fatboy ice cream bar, a doughnut and two chocolate milks. I was hungry but what’s new.
I won a little mula and an awesome elk/moose trophy. Only in Utah people. At least it wasn’t a seagull or a covered wagon.
Are you hungry after a race?
-Usually I am not able to stomach anything for a few hours but my last race and the last few long runs before that I came home so hungry. I like that feeling because it is so important to refuel your body……I guess ice cream and doughnuts aren’t exactly the best refuel but I think a marathon warrants some white sugar.