I absolutely loved the Provo City 1/2 Marathon. I will be back every year. As much as I love traveling for races and seeing new areas, there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed on race night and running a course that you have done a million times in your training.
I woke up at 5 and quickly got dressed and triple checked that I had everything with me. My dad drove and we went and picked up the girls to head to the starting line. It was so nice of my dad to drive us so that we didn’t have to wake up earlier to take the bus. In the car I ate my bagel with jam, a banana and part of a granola bar. I woke up really hungry and so I ate more than I usually do on race morning (usually I am too nervous to really eat much at all).
The car ride to the start was a blast and even though I didn’t run the race with any of my friends, it is just so nice to have the before and after the race with them and to give each other pep talks.
It was about 40 degrees at the start (MY FAVORITE RUNNING TEMPERATURE). We did a 1 mile warm-up (about 10 minutes), walked around a little bit, dropped off the bags and made our way to the start.
The gun went off RIGHT at 7:00. Honestly, this race was absolutely seamless. The course was perfectly marked, plenty of volunteers/porta potties/aid stations and the finish line goodies were amazing.
The girls… AMAZING! (Jen ((1405)) finished in 1:19:xx and took first! Everyone else came in 1:26 and under… they are all incredible)
Sara saved my life. I forgot my fuel in the car and she gave me one of her gus. Now that is a good friend. I absolutely NEED some sort of fuel for a race and so even though it was a gu, I knew I had to try it.
Thoughts= amazing. This IS my new fuel for races. The flavor was beyond good. Try the salted caramel gu asap. It probably took me 2 miles to eat the whole thing because I just took a little bit at a time. I felt instant energy (maybe just the placebo effect..) and I loved it. It was so nice to not have to chew anything like I normally do for fuel, I am a salted caramel convert. I am going to try to take more water with it next time because my stomach did cramp a little from it.
Things I actually somewhat remember from the race:
-My iPod died at mile 12. I know. That was super annoying (isn’t it funny how such little things are really annoying when you are exhausted during a race). I turned to counting steps once that happened to keep my brain occupied. I guess how many steps it will take me to get to the next street/light/finish etc to keep my brain from telling me to stop. I do weird things.
-At one point a really smelly livestock semi drove by me and I thought the smell was going to kill me (another little thing that I was super dramatic about because I was tired).
-I felt stronger than I have at the end compared to previous half marathons… must be those 20 milers we have been doing.
-The weather could not have been more perfect. Spring races are the best… it is just the winter training that you have to endure through to get to the spring races.
-I loved finishing in downtown Provo on Center Street. I have a lot of good memories in that area. The marathon I am doing next month ends at that exact spot too!
-I can’t thank my mom and dad enough for all of their support. My mom watches Brooke race mornings and brings her to the finish and that means so much to me.
More leg than you were probably hoping to see;)
Call me cheesy but for that last .2 miles I really wanted to push it (I had a guy that I really wanted to pass and my legs were burning) I just kept saying, “Brooke, Brooke, Brooke” in my head and that pushed me because A) I was excited to see her and the faster I finished, the sooner I got to see her and B) She makes me really happy and thinking about her instead of my muscles almost exploding helped me to finish strong.
Exactly 13.1 miles on my garmin, I adore when that happens.
Positive split for me… first half in 41 minutes (6.55 miles), second half in 43:43. I’m okay with that because that is just how the course is. The first half is easier (and the first 1.6 miles is really downhill which is great for speed but hard on the legs) than the second half so I feel like I gave an even effort throughout (although mile 10 I kind of fell apart for a few minutes and slowed down for no apparent reason, that mental game needs some work).
Did a slow cool-down and finished off the day with 16.4 miles and then an ice bath in the river.
Medal and the goodies (they had Trader Joe’s there!) from the finish line. They also had french toast (from a really good restaurant in the area), popsicles and plenty of water at the finish line.
A few people asked about my outfit. Everything was ridiculously comfortable and I will probably wear the same thing for the next 45 races that I do.
(From Instagram—> HUNGRYRUNNERGIRL)
You can find the TANK HERE. Obsessed.
The shorts are the Nike Revel 2s and I got them at UTAH RUN (now located at 211 East State Street, American Fork, Utah). They by far have the cutest running clothes that I have ever seen in a running store.
And of course my BFF Brooks Pureflow 2s.
How often do you race? How often would you like to race?
GU FANS!?!?! What is your favorite flavor? Who has tried the salted caramel?
What is your goal for your next race?!?!
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