It feels so weird to be writing a race recap again, but I’m hoping that this happens a lot more often now:). I felt so much gratitude on Saturday to be doing what I love so much and to be surrounded by the running community again. I think this is a big part of why a lot of people run—> Being a part of something bigger feels incredible and it’s addicting. We connect through races and social media, with different running partners, or as we pass each other on the running path. It’s the best.
The morning started rough. Skye was up at 3:30 and then 4:30, and at that point, I just decided to stay awake because I needed to do a bunch of things before I left. I fed Beck and then pumped because Beck didn’t eat very much. I had toast with jam and tried to remember what in the world I needed for a race because it had been so long since my last one.
I met up with my friend Amber for a warm-up. She had a baby two months before I had Beck, and so it’s been awesome to build up again together.
After a 2.5 mile w/u, we changed our shoes, I took a Huma gel (apple cinnamon is so good) and had a few sips of caffeine from Nanohydr8. PS I wore the old Hyperion for my shoes instead of the Hyperion Elite because mine have too many miles on them, and I hadn’t had a chance to get a new pair in time for the race.
The race started at seven, and it was already 70 degrees which made me very nervous for my marathon friends because they would be finishing in even hotter temperatures.
The gun went off, and for the first mile, I felt sick to my stomach with nerves. It had just felt so long since I had done this, and like I had forgotten what to do! I reminded myself that I have NOTHING to prove, I was just out there on my playground. I told myself to welcome the pain and to find a pace that hurt but wasn’t so fast that I was going to blow up. I maintained pretty even splits the entire race.
For the first 3ish miles, I was in 7th place and then bumped up to 4th place, and in the last mile, a girl cruised up next to me and then ahead of me. I kept telling myself to hold onto her, but my legs would not listen to what my brain told them to do. I finished in 5th and was very happy with that.
The majority of my race was in the shade, but there was about a mile in the sun, and I was so thankful for these showers they had set out for us. The marathoners finished in extreme heat, I’m not sure how they did it (Emilee ran a 2:54 wahoooo… and to do that in the crazy heat?!). This race is always a guessing game because I have done it in the past where it was snowing at the starting line and then there are times the weather is perfect and other times it is very hot.
There is only one turn the entire 10k and it is a little tricky because it is a 180-degree turn. At that point, you merge with the half-marathon too so you have to do it carefully! I don’t remember a lot in those miles besides just focusing on getting to the next stoplight and counting steps at different points to distract myself.
I finished at 38:56! In 2019 I ran this same race in 38:14 and had a great year of racing, so I’m excited to see how things go this year.
I had to share about a conversation I had with Kate before the race (SHE HAD A HUGE PR and crushed it)! We talked about the thing that got me my first sub-3… Think about being STUBBORN with your goals during a race. Don’t let your brain hold you back, don’t settle for less because you are tired, and stick to what you set out to do! Be stubborn.
Andrew did the real work!
Brooke said her favorite sign that she saw said, “Run fast mom, we’re hungry.” She said she could relate!
I did a short cool-down, and then we cheered on the marathoners coming in.
The Runner’s Corner crew!
The after-party of the Utah Valley Marathon is the best. They have Jamba, creamies, tons of fruit, cinnamon rolls, and chocolate milk in the finishers area and so many activities for kids.
I’m telling you, Skye has ZERO fear.
John Bozung finished his 500th marathon at the race on Saturday! Can you even imagine?
One of my favorite places to eat after a race is Seven Brothers. Beck and I both look at this burger the exact same way.
Now to figure out if there is a race I can do this weekend;).
Best sign you have ever seen at a race?!
What was a highlight from your weekend?
Favorite post-race meal?
Are races happening in your area? Do you have any close to you?