Perfect weather, perfect views, perfect cheering section (THANK YOU MOM, BROOKE AND MY MOM’S BEST FRIEND), perfect race start time, perfect distance (my body responds much better to the half than the full) and perfect shoes;) Katie and I were pretty happy to be in matching shoes..
I woke up just a few minutes before 6:30 (8 hours of sleep felt like heaven) and read over my coach’s plan for me. He knows I get a little bit competitive in a race so he made sure to remind me a bajillion times leading up to the race to stick to his paces. I didn’t go all out for the race because I have my marathon soon but this pace wasn’t easy. It felt more like a REALLY long tempo.
He has really mastered the use of emoji to help remind me of the consequences of not sticking to the plan.
Put my gear and sweats on over my running clothes (this bee sweatshirt has been with me for many race starts), ate some bread and said goodbye to the Brookers.
I got on a bus at about 7:15 (ate my Honey Stinger waffle) and we got to the starting line about 30 minutes before the race started. Once we dropped off our gear bags I was so beyond freezing but once we got moving the temperatures felt really great and I was even getting hot by the end of the race.
The race started at 8:30 and we were off! It felt a lot different to be racing according to a plan vs racing according to feel/pushing myself to the max. I really enjoyed going according to plan because I felt like this way I could pay more attention to everything around me vs when I am going 100% not remembering anything from the race because I was so tired. This race has a lot of downhill for the first 8ish miles which was perfect because I really wanted the chance to practice downhills and finishing with uphill miles to help me to prepare for the Tuscon course.
Part of this course is the same as the St. George Marathon course and then a lot of it was running through snow canyon… I was really happy to get my favorite parts of the SGM course in this year on Saturday. Ill be there for the full course in 2016 for sure:)
My attempt at a selfie. I usually keep my phone in a fuel belt during races but I took it out a few times to get some pictures like this awful attempt at a running selfie.
Once we were out of the canyon we were on roads through neighborhoods and paved running trails. There were some good uphills in those last few miles but I was able to hold my pace which was a confidence builder for my marathon (although, realizing I will be doubling the race distance that I did was not as much of a confidence builder ha;) My miles ranged between 6:18-6:29. My legs were tired by the end with the downs and ups but comfortably tired if that makes sense. The goal was to get in a HARD effort without digging too deep and then having to take a bunch of time to recover after the race.
I took water at every aid station because for some reason gatorade sounded awful which I can get away with for the 1/2 but for the full I will stick to switching off between water and gatorade at every aid station. Had a vanilla gu at about mile 9.
The race ended on the track at Snow Canyon High School and I found my peeps right away. Not much better than having them at the finish line.
My non-touchscreen-hallelujah garmin worked like a dream. My goal is to have this one last a decade.
Got to meet Cheryl afterwards!
I found out yesterday that JESS will be at Tucson too and we have some similar goals for the race and we will be able to work together.
I was the 8th woman overall and took first in my age group and I was pretty stoked about the little trophy that they gave me.
They also gave out sweet pink backpacks for the first 50 finishers. I’ve never been to a race that did something like that and I loved it. This bag will get a lot of good use.
Today I will take it pretty easy and then I’ll have a tough workout on Tuesday again! Race day is getting closer and closer!
Monday: 4 miles @ 7:55 pace.
Tuesday: 10 miles @ 6:56 average. 15 minute w/u, 2 x 3 miles (6:22 pace) with 3.5 minutes easy jog in between, 15 minute cool-down. This one was done on the treadmill so that helped to build some mental strength.
Wednesday: 4 miles @ 8:36 pace.
Thursday: 5 miles @ 7:38 average with 10 x 1 minute at 5:55 pace and then 1 minute recovery jog thrown in.
Friday: 3 miles @ 8:25 pace.
Saturday: 13.1 miles (6:26 average) and 3 miles (8:25 pace)
42 miles total. Last week was a cut back week in my mileage. Two more weeks of building up again and then a two week taper.
AND for the MOST exciting part of the day…. round two of HRG shirts are now being sold. If you send me in a picture of you wearing your DONUT shirt then I will post it on my blog and link to you wahoo! They are made with the same shirts as last time (so they are super comfy… great for your training, races, the gym, lounging or whatever you want) but this time they talk about donuts and running so that is fun. There are more colors offered than just the ones below too:)
They are available until 11/20—> GO HERE to get yours or get one for your donut loving bff.
And yesterday we celebrated Curly’s 7th birthday. It was a good one. Brooke and I brought our favorite chocolate chip cookies. This recipe has been in our family forever. We don’t even attempt any other recipes anymore because this has proven to be our favorite time and time again.
Who else has a November birthday? What day???
How was your running last week? Best run? Hardest run?
Anyone doing a turkey trot this month?
Are you a donut person—> if so, which variety is your goto one?