I have two very special guests for you today! Brooke and Andrew are taking over and sharing their experience from this last Saturday at the AF Canyon Run Against Cancer! They both hit PERSONAL RECORDS (well, I think it was Brooke’s PR… it was her second time doing a 1k but she ran more this time compared to the last:)!
Hi everyone!! I hope that you are all doing fantastic. I’m currently eating lunch at the hospital on my last shift at the NICU. I wanted to share my experience running the American Fork Half Marathon and share with you my race recap. Before I get into the details, this has been one of the best organized races that I have run. This is my second year doing this race and I totally will run this next year too, hopefully with Janae. Janae sat this one out and took one for the team so I could run….. Thank you Janae!!!
I’m a list writer so I need to organize this somehow so you all don’t get lost in my incoherent ramblings. Seriously, I don’t know how I ever passed any English class… maybe they just didn’t want to deal with me anymore. Anyways, tangent done.
So I have never really prepared well for any race. I used to just run and hope for the best. This time was different and Janae started coaching me and would give me weekly torture routines… I mean workouts. Before Janae I would never do speed work. I would just lace up and run and that just sums up my running for the last 29 years. So in preparation for this race I got a long run in of 12 miles and logged some good quality speed workouts. I’m building back to the speed I had when I was younger. We had a family vacation that kinda disrupted my training and nutrition plan but I got back to it pretty quickly.
While I was definitely missing Janae (My last 4 races were with her) I ran with one of my best friends. We got up at 3:15 am and I ate some breakfast (I’ll hit what I ate in the next section). For once in my life we showed up for the “early” bus to enter in the raffle and although we didn’t win anything it was so awesome to have NO STRESS and hurry. If you missed it, this race and proceeds go towards the fight against cancer. The pre-race announcer talked about those who had lost their battle with cancer and what different companies are doing to support the cause. It was inspiring. Then he turned over the microphone to someone who was leading a yoga session with the thousands of us waiting to race, that was a first I have seen before a race. They also played a few games for prizes and gave away hotel stays, gps watch, a Nordictrack treadmill, movie tickets and much more. I didn’t really get involved in that, I was trying to conserve energy and focus.
Now this is where I stumble a bit. I am not a nutritionist and I definitely need to work on this as I progress in my running. My breakfast included: two pieces of toast with peanut butter and jam and I had a banana 30 minutes before the race start and a couple water bottles. I also had some huma gels that I was planning on taking. Janae told me to take 3 (one before and two during), but I ended up only doing 2… Janae was right I should of done 3. I took one about 15 minutes before the race and I took another at mile 7. The original plan was going to be one before the race, one at mile 5 and another at mile 9. I think I drank too much water, because like my last 3 races I had to make a bathroom stop at mile 7. Any suggestions on this? How do you all manage NOT taking bathroom breaks. This is something that I’m trying to work out. I did listen to Janae as she told me to force myself to drink at the aid stations and alternate gatorade and water (BTW I needed to go to the bathroom before the first aid station… so I don’t think I over drank during the race)
This was my favorite part of the whole race…. having Brooke run at me and give me a high five. She was so stoked to see me and it made me SO HAPPY!
I don’t know what it was but this race was giving me the pre-race nerves. I wanted to do well and I was nervous and I couldn’t shake the feeling. It wasn’t excessive but it was in the back of my mind the day before the race and in the morning. I decided to run “MY” race. I wasn’t going to be swayed and I was going to do what I have been training for. This helped a ton. The race had a wave start and I started in the first wave, but near the back (everyone planning running an 8:30 pace or faster). I decided that I wouldn’t put in music until after 3 miles. I wanted to listen and feel my body for the first few miles, this was super helpful.
What I noticed 1.5 miles in was that EVERYONE was running past me and I was running a tad bit under 8 minute miles. This was messing with me, but I just had to remember what I decided, I was going to run “MY” race and not get swayed by others, music or whatever was going on. This helped me to be able to push to the end. I also calmed those jitters by thinking about the workouts I have done leading up to the race. This gave me some much needed confidence and I also thought about the specific workouts that I literally thought Janae was trying to kill me with. Everything was going really well and I felt strong. Janae, Brooke and Skye cheered me on at mile 9 and at the finish and that was awesome. I hit a wall at mile 11… I had to stop for 30 seconds and then forced myself to go and I found someone that was running the pace I needed to go and I matched it for a mile and then pushed hard for my last mile. I couldn’t remember my PR time and I knew it was close so I pushed hard and finished! Later on I found out that I beat my PR (Janae here for a second… his last pr was over 2 years ago so I was very proud of him) by around 8 seconds. I was stoked because I thought I missed it by a few seconds. One thing I think I need to do next time is run more downhill, I didn’t ever do that and man my quads hurt today.
Post race was awesome. We ran into a bunch of different friends and family and it was so nice to catch up with them and their races!! They had Kneaders french toast, popsicles and chocolate milk for us. All my favorites… you can’t ask for a better post race. Okay maybe chocolate milk and In N out, but maybe I’m the only one that would like that.
AF Canyon Race is one of the best races around. From the organization, to the awesome swag, inspirational stories, countless volunteers I couldn’t have asked for a better atmosphere and race day. After everything is said and done it’s awesome that the proceeds are donated to a cause and it gives you something even more to be proud about.
Brooke’s 1k recap! I typed what she told me to as she looked at each picture and thought about her race… we should write more posts this way!
Mom woke me up really early. I was tired. Mama’s friends were there. I saw hot air balloons. I ate a peanut butter sandwich. We cheered on Dada. I have my running shoes.
I run FAST. I made sure to stretch before the race like mama.
They told me to go. I was running.
I liked wearing mama’s watch but forgot to push the start button.
I was waving to mama. My mouth needs water. There were 400 kids (fact check from Janae—> there really were 400 kids running and they kept saying that and Brookie remembered).
I saw dada at the finish line. It made me happy.
Mama wasn’t with me. I pushed really hard.
I finished! Water, gogurt and a medal! I was hot and felt really good.
I want to do the Halloween kid’s race. It’s my favorite.
Brooke is just like us, finishing a race and already looking for another one to do!
The other day Josse and I were talking on our run about racing without a watch! She has done it a bunch of times and some of her best races were done watchless… it made me wonder if I should try this someday soon. Have any of you done this and did it help you or hinder you?
-I am a little nervous to go completely watchless if I am racing but maybe I should try a stop watch since that feels like a good middle ground ha.
What is your dream post-race/post-workout meal?
What is your next race?
What was the best part of your weekend?