The alarm clock (I have a Justin Beiber song for my alarm clock, not normal for a 30 year old) went off at 4:15 on Saturday morning. I did the normal discussion in my head, “WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS.. my bed is so comfortable and I’m so tired!” that happens each time I get up crazy early for a race. I usually continue this discussion all the way until we get to the starting line. Then once the excitement builds, I see all of the other runners, I wake up a bit and remember why I do it and think about why don’t I do this more:)
We drove to Provo, parked, jumped on a bus right away (I love it when there are barely any lines and everything runs smoothly because when it is that early… organization makes me extra happy) and they took us to the starting line. Point to point courses are my absolute favorite and race courses that Josse and I run at least once a week= even better. We could probably run this course with our eyes closed (slight exaggeration but you get the point).
I went for the bagel with jam for breakfast and it did the trick. Keeping things super fancy around here. I try to eat breakfast 90-120 minutes before a race and then something like a gu or honeystinger waffle 30ish minutes before the race starts.
Hanging out with Josse and her sister at the start (we were there for about an hour before the race started) was a good time. Josse asked if I wanted to do a warm-up but 13.1 miles is a long ways for me at this point so I didn’t want to add any more mileage to my legs. Next time:)
It was really cold before the race started but once we got going the temperatures were the definition of heaven. For more than the first 1/2 of the race we had a cool tailwind while we ran. For the last 6ish miles there was a slight headwind but it was the refreshing kind of headwind where you barely even notice it is there but it did an amazing job keeping my body nice and cooled off.
One of the many uncontrollable factors of race day is temperature and HOLY cow it makes a huge difference in our performance—> for the good and the bad. I definitely had the perfect weather advantage on my side Saturday.
All week leading up to the race I made the decision that I wasn’t going to come up with my goal race time until I got to the starting line. I had a few options…. I could push it and test out my fitness or if I wasn’t feeling super into it (or if my IT Band was being annoying) I would have a fun time running with my people there and run with them instead. I LOVED not putting any pressure/stress on myself leading up to the race even though I knew deep down that I would get up there and want to try to run fast. Mind games, I love them. Stressing out about running takes the fun out of it for me so I loved having a no stress approach to the whole thing for the week leading up to it and I think that is why I did better than I was probably ready for.
Mile 6 was the toughest for me for some reason and of course that last mile when your legs are telling you to stop but other than that I felt pretty strong throughout the race. I counted steps like it was my job and tried to rope in the person in front of me so I could catch up to them. I reminded myself how normal it is to have a few tough miles thrown into a race and that those miles fly by and the good ones come right after.
I also put my garmin on mile splits instead of overall time for the race which I loved. I really wanted to try to go off more of effort and to keep a steady effort throughout the race instead of staring at my watch and trying to do math the entire time trying to figure out what mile splits I needed to finish at x:xx. Running is fun for me when I run like that and let my body get to work instead of running numbers/paces through my head constantly.
Like I said before, this course is just my favorite. I love that I know it so well and have so many great memories along the way. It is a straight shot and so you don’t have to make a bunch of turns or anything, you just keep moving forward and at about 1 mile away from the end you can see the finish line with the Provo City Center Temple in the background.
I finished first in my age group (5th female overall) in 1:26:08 (6:35 average) pace and my splits looked a little something like this:
6:20, 6:25, 6:39, 6:29, 6:35, 6:34, 6:41, 6:40, 6:43, 6:40, 6:52, 6:35, 6:29.
The first 1.5 miles of the race are SCREAMING fast so I felt like I did a good job holding back for the first few miles because I wanted to push it more but decided I’d rather have a little bit more in the tank at the end. The 6:52 mile has a nice hill in it and I focused on keeping a steady effort for that portion and not stress about the pace on my watch because I wanted to kick in for the last two miles. Something that I loved along the course were the amazing police officers directing traffic that were so good at stopping cars long before I got to the intersection (I feel like I ran alone or with 1 person close by) for the last 5 miles.
I caught this sweet picture of Josse coming in! Her 1/2 Ironman is in two weeks so she took this race as a tempo run and rocked it!
I had my normal runner’s cough once I stopped running (does anyone else get that… anytime I push myself I can’t stop coughing for about a minute or so once I stop running) but I felt pretty great and did a mile cool-down afterwards. Maybe this was just a fluke of a race and the Weather Gods helped me out majorly yesterday, but this race made me super excited and motivated for the rest of the year of races. It’s going to be a good year. AND HALLELUJAH that Josse (her sister needs to move closer so she can join us) and I will be training for a marathon again together this fall! I wish you guys could meet her, you would love her.
They had the normal post-race food and also french toast at the finish line. It was really easy to get my bag of stuff and the whole thing just went so smoothly. How about next year we do a big meet-up at this race so you can fall in love with it too ha. Who’s in? Cafe Rio and Yogurtland on me afterwards;)
Random thoughts about training that I am having:
*I think our fitness truly does carry over. I did do some speed work for this race but going into it I wasn’t sure a 1:30 was possible because I really didn’t feel like I had done enough to train for it. BUT I think our previous training cycles and the work we put into them do carry over to the next ones and we build upon those. Last years training was NOT a waste (even though I didn’t hit my goals for my races) but it just gave me a solid base to train on this year!
*I’ve come to the conclusion that speed work (for me at least) on the treadmill can transfer over nicely to a race. This season of life = I’m on the treadmill more often than outside (it’s a good thing I love the treadmill too) and I always worry that doing my speed work on the treadmill won’t translate over to a race. I do do some of my speed outside so I’m sure that helps but I’ve come to the conclusion that basing my workouts off of effort is key. If my workouts on the treadmill (whatever the pace may do) feel like a hard effort then they are doing something right for my running.
And a few things from Mother’s Day yesterday (by far my favorite Mother’s Day I have EVER had).
*Brooke must have known that snuggles were the main thing that I wanted yesterday.
*We had SO many delicious berries for breakfast.
*I’m dating somebody that is beyond incredible and he brought over and made the best breakfast for us.
*We hit up church!
*And my mom made lasagna for dinner and we all lived happily ever after. This lasagna is everything.
*Only THREE days left to get your new favorite running shirts/tanks/flowy tanks!!!
Anyone else get runner’s cough once they stop running after a race or hard workout?
WHEN IS YOUR NEXT RACE? Anyone else run the Provo Half on Saturday?
Do you have a local race that is your favorite?
Have any running/life/exercise/anything goals set for this week?