I am glad that is over! I just wasn’t really there mentally for this race and that is okay… I’m going to think of it as a workout at half-marathon pace (which sounds scary because I was working really hard to hit this pace yesterday for a 5k that I want to run for my next half-marathon). I had a blast with my friends which makes me so happy I went through the 18:54 of pain! I don’t understand myself but I would so much rather line up for a half-marathon or marathon than a 5k but we’ve gotta keep getting ourselves out of our comfort zones and strengthen our weaknesses.
I woke up at 5:45 and ate some toast first thing. I met up with some friends and we did a 3.1 mile w/u and I took a caffeine Maurten gel 15 minutes before the race started at 7.
The first mile is a bit downhill, the second mile is flat and the third mile is uphill (the course is net uphill ((it ends higher than where it starts)). The course included 7 turns but the majority of it is along the parade route which means there were so many people out cheering which makes it fun and so does seeing everyone’s festive outfits. They handed out water half-way through and I should have grabbed some but I didn’t… I mean, if Keira D’Amato can grab water running her crazy fast speed during a 10k… maybe we all should?!
WATER ALWAYS HELPS.
Brooke and I watched McFarland on Sunday together and the coach on the movie said, “When we see a hill, we smile.” I decided I was going to use that for the last mile of the 5k because it scares me. I smiled a few times for a second or two and it definitely helped get me up.
Always happy to see that finish line!
PS did anyone else see that Shalane Flanagan ran up Timpanogos yesterday, we did the same thing on Friday… I wish we would have done it the same day!
Me trying to point to where we were:
Oh, and I tried this stuff before the race. I didn’t PR but it helped me think I was cool and had a chance at a PR before I started so maybe that is what makes it magical?
We like to wear the same shoes.
After the race we went straight to the parade! Beck clapped non-stop for the first 30 minutes.
And then I turned into everyone’s pillow.
The rest of the day was spent up north and with my in-laws! Special K Bars… so so good.
Agree or disagree with this?
What did you do yesterday?
Any tricks to help you with hills? Send them my way!