The race didn’t start until 9 a.m. so it was kind of nice to ‘sleep in’ a little before getting out the door to race. We met at the mall to jump on the busses and they took us to the canyon for the point to point course. It was cold at the start but luckily we weren’t standing around for very long at before the gun went off.
The Provo Halloween 1/2 Marathon course changed about a week ago…. the previous course was VERY downhill (super hard on the knees) for the first 5 miles and they changed it to more of a rolling hill course for the first while followed by a gradual downhill followed by some flat miles.
Not my picture (I know… worst blogger ever. I don’t take my phone anymore when I am trying to go fast). But this is a picture from part of the trail that we went along.
I was in the lead (for the women) for the first 4 miles and then a lady dressed as Cruella Deville zoomed past me (she finished in 1:19:01) and she looked incredibly strong. At that point I just wanted to keep my effort the same throughout the course and finish with a pr (and hopefully keep second place). This course was harder than my previous pr course so I was working hard to keep my effort strong.
I really wish I had an awesome recap for you but I kind of don’t remember the majority of the race. I definitely had the home team advantage since I run parts of this course almost daily so I went on autopilot and focused on my mantras to get that pr.
My three mantras from yesterday:
1. You can do hard things.
2. Dig deep (loved this one for the uphills)
3. Pump your arms (I repeated that 45 times during the last 2 miles). This always works for me when my legs feel dead. Focus on pumping those arms and your legs will follow.
I left my pirate hook on the bus and I am still kind of upset about that because I sort of wanted to run the whole race with it… now that would have been hardcore.
I ate shot blocks and water throughout the race… I kept asking for gatorade but I would just miss the gatorade section by a little bit. I was definitely missing the gatorade, that always gives me an extra boost of energy.
Sure love seeing that finish line.
And the results. 2nd female overall, 1st in my age group, 6th overall and a 6:24 average pace.
My favorite fan in the world was there to cheer me on. I think she was a little confused about what I was wearing.
Paige’s husband did not train at all for this race and finished in 1:49. His friend runs 3-4 miles a few times a week and finished in 1:29. Seriously? How do some people just pull that off? Boys.
Quite a party.
I LOVE racing in my PureDrifts and like usual I used my BlueBuds X for my running tunes. I wore ProCompression socks and got some sweet tights, an eyepatch, a headband, a vest, boot cuffs (that I put around my socks) and a homemade skirt for my costume.
I sure like this girl and she told me that she will be running the race with me next year. Converting people to running… the best.
Pretty sweet medal if you ask me.
Overall the race was really great. The course was marked perfectly, there were a ton of volunteers, it was easy to jump on a bus and the energy from all of the racers in costumes was awesome. Everything was perfect except the gear bag busses got lost and we had to wait a while (like 1.5-2 hours) after the race to get our bags… other than that it was a party.
What are your Sunday plans?
Have you converted anybody to running? Who?
Any good mantras to share with the class?