It had been a long time since my last race. Over 4 months. When I don’t race often I kind of forget how to do it and I get really nervous. I decided to make the decision last second to run this race, to just not overthink it and have fun.
My alarm went off at 6:45 and we were on the bus at 7:30. I had some Powerade, a white bagel and a honeystinger waffle (my favorite) on the bus ride to the start. I always love point to point courses.
The finish line had about a million cows there to cheer us on.
We got to the start and did a 1.5 mile warm-up (I kept it at a jog) and we ran into some of our favorite running peeps. The porta potty lines were all short, it was the perfect temperature and I used to live in St. George and I just love it down there. If I was to move anywhere—> St. George is where I would go.
A view from the starting line a while before the race started. This was my 3rd time running Dogtown and each year they have changed the course. It’s always a fun little surprise.
This year, the first .6 miles were uphill. I have never started a race on the uphill… I guess there is a first for everything. Right after the big uphill was .5ish miles of DOWN DOWNhill. So by the end of the up and down in the first mile I was pretty worried that my quads were already shot. I knew I was going to have to real work hard.
My one picture from along the course is below. I listened to music the entire way and had my caramel gu for fuel at mile 6.5.
The middle miles were my favorite. Those miles were in a beautiful canyon that had a ton of shade and lots of rollers that kept things interesting. There was even a portion on a dirt/rocky trail which added a little change which was fun.
When the race started two girls went out fast! I knew that they were both 2:50 marathoners but I was determined to keep my 3rd place spot for the entire race and not get passed. I knew going into the race that it was not a PR course for me (the hills were intense). I decided to focus on placing because we were all doing the same hills and that would push me to work hard rather than focusing on a certain time and feeling discouraged.
I wasn’t very positive for the first 5 miles and kept telling myself that there was no way I could hold my place through the hills. To help myself to stop thinking like that—> every time I stated thinking negative I would just put a smile on my face for a second because it is hard to smile and be negative at the same time. Smiling reminded me that I really do love to race and to just keep going and take it all in. To love the feeling of pushing myself and getting out of my comfort zone.
I also thought about the quote that my friend sent me the night before:
Here are the splits. Miles 9-12 had a lot of up. The last mile was down and flat which was an awesome way to finish the race.
My goal for hills is to continue to keep the same effort level as all of the other parts of the course. I may slow down on those uphills but I am pushing myself at the same effort level as all of the other miles. I love to count steps when I am running up a hill because it helps me to forget about the whole legs and lungs burning thing.
Finished with a 1:27:51. 6:42 average pace. 3rd woman overall and 1st in my age group.
My running coach predicted a 1:27-1:29 for me on this course. She is really good.
A bunch of girls did the double dog dare which meant they started at the finish line, ran to the starting line and then ran back to the finish line.
I did have one thing about the race that wasn’t my favorite.
It is now a cupless race. That means they give you a plastic cup to fill up at water coolers that they had every few miles. I ended up bringing a tiny water bottle that I went through in the first 5 miles. I could have stopped to fill it up again but I just didn’t want to waste that much time and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get my legs moving fast again after stopping. I felt extremely thirsty at the end. I missed having the cups big time and there was probably a lot of crowding around the water coolers throughout the race. There also weren’t any trashes along the course so I ended up carrying my sticky gu wrapper the entire race. I know… such a silly complaint and it is great that they are going green but when I was trying to race, the 30 seconds to get my water at an aid station is too much and I didn’t end up hydrating like I normally do.
Overall, it was a great race and especially great for my Boston training. It was awesome to escape to the sunshine and have a girls running weekend!
Boston Training Week #8!!!
Monday: 12 miles total with 12 x 800s (.5 miles) @ 3:02 average. 400m recoveries in between each 800m.
Tuesday: OFF! Travel day to Minnesota!
Wednesday: 7 miles @ 7:33 pace on hotel treadmill.
Thursday: Taught some spin and did 6 miles @ 8:34 pace.
Saturday: 18.75 miles total. 1.5 miles warm-up, 1/2 marathon, 4.15 miles cool-down.
43.75 miles total!!! Lower mileage than previous weeks but a lot more fast miles than usual.
I’m going to be an aunt again soon! BANGS FRIEND is 35 weeks along with a little boy! She is still running and looks so beautiful! Love this girl.
My mom perfected the proper cooking time for the Ghirardelli brownie mix. My sister and I went crazy over them.
Hardest hilly race course that you have ever done?
Any races that you have done multiple times?!
Any new and exciting new in your life/family life?
If you could move anywhere, where would you move?