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Well, I haven’t done this since May of 2016—> Sub 90 for the half-marathon and for the majority of the race I was doing a workout and not actually racing (the last 1.1 miles I was DEFINITELY racing though ha).
PS the last time I had a sub 90 half-marathon I remember that Andrew told me he loved me for the first time the night before so I remember smiling like crazy that entire race.
Things started off by waking up at 3:40, getting ready really quick and standing in line for the busses to take us to the starting line in the American Fork Canyon.
The craziest thing happened but one of my college roommates ended up being in line right in front of me. It was so fun to catch up with each other on the bus ride and talk all about the race.
I got to the starting line at around 5:10 and walked around for a bit before jumping in line for the porta potty.
I. Was. Shivering. You are up in a canyon next to water at the start which feels terrible as you are waiting but amazing starting at about .3 miles into the race. This lucky bee sweatshirt of mine accompanies me on pretty much every race that I do. It is my good luck charm.
They had some pre-race yoga going on which I should have done to warm up but I wanted to shiver instead.
And then I ran into some friends a bit later. We dropped off our bags on the bus and got ready to go. PS the friend on the right with the visor is VERY speedy and also training for St. George so I need to drive to where she runs and chase after her some days. They were all pacing this race!
DOUBLE. KNOT. Shoe. Check. <— One of my biggest life pet peeves is my shoes coming untied during a race. I cannot stand this happening so double knots are very important to me.
I wore the PureCadence 7 for the race but I’m still not sure if I want to use these for the marathon. I might need a bit more shoe for the marathon but I love how light and fast these feel.
They played the National Anthem and about 30 seconds later we were off!
It was absolutely gorgeous. The weather felt perfect until about the last 4 miles when I started feeling hot.
The first 2 miles were a warm-up and then I started the first 2 mile interval of speed.
Each mile is marked really clearly which I always appreciate big time.
Between each 2 mile interval of speed I had .5 miles easy.
The best part of the entire race—> Seeing my crew and high-fiving Brooke at mile 9. Andrew said that Skye was so happy to see me and started kicking like crazy when I went by. Still no ‘Mama’ talk but I’m still guessing (hoping) that she just calls both Andrew and me Dada because she was saying that when I went by.
At around mile 10 things were slippery. The trail was really wet from sprinklers so I tried to be careful there. And then there was a section a bit later where there were fences on both sides of the small trail and HUGE sprinklers going off. There was no avoiding these sprinklers and they kept hitting me hard right in the face. It wasn’t a refreshing sprinkler portion ha… it was like ‘I took a shower and was dripping wet sprinkler’ portion. Not complaining, it just made it feel like an obstacle course race there for a second!
At 12 miles my coach told me to go for it and that is what I did and that is when it hurt.
Turns out I need to focus on my form when I am feeling tired. I was really leaning back into the stride and my fingers were almost touching my chin but these are both things I can definitely work on and change!
Each year that I have done this race the course changes a bit which keeps you guessing a bit:) Usually, this course ends on the track so at this point below I thought the race was going to finish at about 13.4 for how far away we were from the track…
But nope, you turned a corner and the finish line was there so it was right on (my watch said 13.16). I was VERY happy after Tuesday’s race that this race was not too short or too long. Hallelujah!
The last 1.1 miles definitely felt like a race. I felt very strong up until then but hurt during that last little bit. I was SO lucky because at about mile 12.2 my really good friend Toby was there waiting for me and totally helped me to pick up the pace by chasing after her for about .5 miles. I am very grateful for that because she got me moving a bit more and pushing myself.
The race started right on time too! Runtastic always puts on an amazing race so if you are ever in Utah, try one out!
My workout was set up to look like this—> 2 mile w/u, 4 x 2 miles fast w/.5 easy after each 2 mile interval, last 1.1 miles fastest, 2 mile cool-down.
My warmup miles were very fast because that is the most downhill portion of the entire race and I felt like I was really holding back on that portion. Here were my splits:
7:13, 7:13, 6:44, 6:37, .5 easy, 6:33, 6:37, .5 easy, 6:36, 6:46, .5 easy, 6:40, 6:42, .5 easy, 6:23 and .16 @ 5:55 average. I hung out with my family for about 10 minutes and then did my cool-down at the track.
My official results!
Total mileage for the entire day and elevation loss of 792 feet and elevation gain of 274 feet. This course definitely has more down than up but I’m pretty thrilled with how things felt and went! 15.32 miles @ 6:58 average.
The difference between a 6:4something mile and a 6:23 mile was huge from me. I felt very controlled during those 6:40ish miles and that 6:23 BURNED. But compared to my last half marathon 3 months ago, that last 1.1 mile during this race felt like I did for the last 9 miles of that half-marathon at the end of April:) I am definitely noticing improvements and I raced that entire race in April and finished in 1:30:32 with a 6:56 average and Saturday was a hard workout (with the last 1.1 that felt like a race) and finished in 1:29:44.
Let’s talk about fuel for a second! After almost ten years of marathoning, I am finally getting my act together. <— That’s kind of ridiculous ha.
Before the race I drank my 32 ounce Hydroflask of water, ate a jam sandwich on the bus up. I took my nanohydr8 (I seriously swear by this thing) 10 minutes before the race and then switched off between water and powerade at each aid station. I took a huma gel (my favorite ever) around every 35-40ish minutes. Candice taught me to just take the gels all at once (I used to slowly sip on them) and that has helped me a ton to eat while running. I also practiced taking my gels during the fast miles to get used to taking in calories when I am pushing it (so that is how the marathon will feel) and not feeling like eating.
Stacey told me about her idea to use a STRAW during the race to get in liquids (most of the aid stations were during the fast miles too so that was nice to practice). Oh my. I was able to drink so much more this way and I didn’t spill water/powerade ALL over myself like usual. Next time I will cut my straw to 3/4ths the length of a normal straw because I ended up just bringing the short one and it was just a little too short.
I stashed it right here for a lot of the race and sometimes stuck it in my belt too. This was a game changer for me and will really help me to stay hydrated during the marathon.
Also, this was my 2nd time wearing goodr glasses during a race (well, only for the last little while on Saturday) and I am so in love with them for running. They do not move at all, they are super cheap for running glasses and fit/feel so good.
Here is what the gorgeous medal looked like. Also, in the finishing area they had a nice mister/sprinkler to go under and they also had one of those at around mile 12.
Thank you Andrew for being there. I did the kid part to go spectate his PR 1/2 marathon last month and it is pretty much just as hard as running the race to get the kids up and fed and out the door to the race to see me at mile 9 and then be at the finish too. He is so incredibly supportive. He also completely took over Skye night duty the two nights before the race so I could sleep like a champ.
I got to meet Krystina after the race. Her little boy is just about a month older than Skye and she is training for Chicago this fall.
They had cold wet towels at the finish line along with muffins, fruit, chocolate milk, popsicles and water. Last year they had pizza and I think the switch to muffins is much better (I love pizza but I just can’t handle it at 8 in the morning after running).
Post-race necessary photo.
For some reason Skye loves to just kick back and put her feet up in the stroller… it looked quite comfortable to me.
Brooke got in some stroller time too… races are tiring!
I think the key thing that I realized Saturday as I’m coming back after having Skye and training for my first postpartum marathon—> I am really enjoying the process. Whatever the times are don’t really matter compared to how much I am loving this. I am loving the time I get all to myself to just focus on me so I can help out the kids and Andrew the rest of the day. I am loving the hurt of those speed days and the ease of the easy days. I am loving the podcasts I get to listen to and the quiet mornings alone while everyone is asleep. I love competing with myself. I am loving feeling stronger and stronger each week and I am especially loving running with my hormones back to normal. I am loving having my cheering crew grow and showing these kiddos that we just can’t quit… We just gotta pump our arms harder when we get tired and think about the things that don’t hurt (aka gratitude) instead of the things that do hurt.
Thanks for being my internet friend. I am cheering you on with all of your training too (please tell me all about it)!
Has anyone ever slept in on accident on race day?
-I have dreams all night long before a race that I am going to!
Have you ever paced a race? I really want to try it out!! Do you enjoy running with the pacers during your races?
What fuel have you been using during long runs and races?
What are you loving about your training and the process right now?