The St. George Marathon has been happening since 1977, but this was the first year they included a half-marathon option. Since the first time I did this marathon in 2014, this race has been my favorite race, and the half is pretty incredible too.
Welcome to my 5,000th picture on my blog where you see my pain face.
I went to bed at 9 pm on Friday and didn’t move the entire night until my alarm went off. It was the best night of pre-race sleep that I have ever experienced. We had pasta and breadsticks the night before and then for breakfast I had a bagel with jam and one of those honey stinger waffles. I woke up and fed Beck (still breastfeeding!), and then he went right back down, and my friend Kodi drove us to the busses.
The things we do for racing…
I met my friend Caroline (she was also running the half-marathon ((I refuse to call it the MINI Marathon haha… there is nothing mini about 13.1 miles)), and we sat around until about 5:45. We used the restrooms and then did a mile warm-up before dropping off our bags with our sweats. I switched into my Hyperion Elites (did the warm-up in the ghosts), and then we lined up.
I do have a race complaint… the race started at 6:15 (the marathon started at 7). It was pitch dark outside. I couldn’t see a thing on the road for the first 4 miles, and I almost tripped multiple times. Hoping next year they can light up the streets, push back the starting time, tell us to bring a headlamp (there were one or two people with them on, but everyone else was in my same position), or give out tiny flashlights. It was a new experience for me (and maybe I should have just known to bring one!), but I hope that is fixed for next year. Oh, and I would have used my phone flashlight, but I ended up just bringing an old phone that doesn’t have a flashlight on it because I didn’t even think about it being dark!
It was very cold and you know I hate cold hands so I used old socks and put hand warmers in them… this way I didn’t have to worry about tossing nice gloves when it got warmer.
My friend Caroline and I planned on running the race together but made it clear that if someone was feeling good, they needed to zoom ahead.
I wanted a 1:19:59, so we went out at a sub 1:20 pace. My plantar felt amazing, and so did everything else (besides being in the dark). We did a bit of chatting and focused on our splits and saying positive things to each other every few minutes. I LOVE having somebody to run with. It is a total game-changer for me, and I was so grateful to have her. We averaged a pace on track for that 1:19 (some good downhills brought our average down).
At mile 6ish we have a pretty good hill to climb, and that’s when my plantar flared up pretty hot. I was SO SO bummed. I felt like 1:19 was in my reach because overall, I was feeling so good. I hung with Caroline until about mile 8.5, and then I just couldn’t take the plantar hurting at the pace we were going and dropped down my speed. Once again, this is an injury that I’ve been told I’m okay to keep running through if I want, and I didn’t feel like I was making it worse by continuing to the finish, so it just turned into survival mode.
I took one gel at mile 7 (I love the Citrus Clif gels so much) and water at most aid stations along the way. I held fourth place until the final 200 meters, and a girl zoomed by me SO fast.
Now that the race (and the school race ha) is over, my full attention is directed at getting rid of this plantar problem because I miss that smooth feeling that you get when your body is feeling injury-free. I am very grateful that I was able to run the race and not feel a thing for the first 6 miles!
I was very happy with a 5th place finish and some prizes! 1:22:10 with some positive splits—> 6:16, 6:05, 5:59, 6:03, 6:08, 6:25, 6:05, 5:53, 6:26, 6:18, 6:25, 6:29 & 6:41.
The highlight of the day was seeing my friend Kodi finish FIRST. It was her first marathon, and she set a course record of 2:32. We all stayed together for the weekend, and she treated my kids like gold, and she is so humble and good at cheering everyone else like they won first place. My kids were so sad to say goodbye to her on Saturday!
The Runner’s Corner crew did amazing!
The post-race scene is my favorite. I could (and do) stay there for hours talking to people.
Another marathoner that crushed it.
Always a good day when you get to run a race!
Shout out to Andrew for supporting me so much in everything I do. He made the whole weekend seamless for me, and I get so excited to see him at the finish line.
PS the finish area has a huge park which makes it perfect for kids.
These three are incredible cheerleaders.
I was very happy that Andrew had the stroller because of my foot afterward.
And really, the best post-race food ever… Great Harvest slices of bread with water. It was exactly what I needed…
Along with a soda;) Already excited for next year.
Tell me the best part of your weekend?
When you run in the dark… What sort of light do you use?
What do you do with your race medals, bibs and shirts?
What is your favorite time of day for a race to start?