Marathon #4 is done. FINALLY! Just a little bit of stress coming up to it. Tapering is so tough. You doubt everything you’ve done. Did I run enough or too little, did I eat enough veggies, did I do enough speed work, did I sleep enough, did I rest enough? Well I must have done it pretty good because I’m super excited about my 17 min PR, 3:28:40. I’ll say it again, three-twenty-freakin-eight! lol
Friday– I dropped the kids off at the bus stop and went to the expo at 9:am! I didn’t want to miss out on any sizes of shirts or anything that I might want. I met Nicole and Treasa there. I just die at this pic- Nicole is hilarious! And I bought a black running top. It was the only top I did like. I do not like the material or fit of the regular t-shirts they have. So I’m happy with this running top!
Then I rushed home to get my kindergartener from school- 10:40, a waste of everyone’s time, why even have school on Friday. But anyways.
Lunch– I had a Grilled Chicken salad from Durango’s, no cheese, no beans. Then I decorated the house with Halloween/ Fall decorations to keep me busy.
I packed and made dinner for the kids and my sitter showed up at 5:pm. I made reservations at Buca Di Beppo for 6:pm. There were 7 of us; Alena, Michelle, Angel, Bob-hiding, Nicole, Treasa and myself. Then we headed up to a cabin in Pine Valley. Michelle found it on Craigslist. Only $33/person and we get to sleep in until 5:am!! If I slept at home and took a bus I’d have to get up at 3:30. Last year I ate at Buca and I PR’d so I even ordered the same thing. Chicken Parm and spaghetti, no cheese. But they gave our spaghetti to another table and forgot Michelle’s pasta. The manager said he’d give us dessert- but knowing we have a race he gave us a discount. We did have a $10 off coupon from the race goodie bag too. So they gave us $30 off the bill. Pretty awesome. But I’m ready for the dessert now…
We arrived, in the dark, empty house, door unlocked like they said. Awesome. 3 bedroom/2 baths + loft.
We all go to bed. Michelle & I talked forever (about 1 hour) and finally went to sleep around 11:30. Set the alarm for 5:am. I didn’t want to get up, I was so comfy in bed. I brought 3 different outfits and a pair of new shoes I have yet to run in. That’s what everyone should do, right?? Well I have two other Kinvara 3’s, these are the 4. I also bought calf sleeves I’ve never worn and bright yellow arm warmers to go with my shoes. I was so unsure what to wear because the weather was so cold. It’s usually not like this. The plan was to leave at 5:55, we left at 6:09. 15 min drive to the Fire Station and a 2-minute walk to the start. Why wait in the freezing cold any longer than we have to. It was 35º (but felt like 32º) at the start and only supposed to be 55º at the finish, then maybe 65º at noon. After our pics we dressed in our jackets, robes, scarves, ear muffs and gloves.
Breakfast: 1 bag of maple & brown sugar instant oatmeal an hour before the start. And two anti-fatigue pills. 🙂
Nicole and I found a spot on the outside in-between the 3:25 pacer and 3:35 pacer. My deep down goal was 3:30 (8 min pace/mile) but really anything in the 30’s would be nice. 3:40 is my BQ time. We were cold, but it was tolerable how we were all bundled up. The two guys next to us were friends from Canada and Las Vegas. The race is supposed to start at 6:45, I think it started 5 minutes late. The hand-cyclist start at 6:40. We took off our robes and were ready!! I kept my scarf and jacket on, but it wasn’t really that cold once we started running. I took off the scarf right away and my jacket at maybe mile 2 or 3. I took off my gloves at about mile 6, but at the top of Veyo it was a little chilly and I wished I still had them.
Liz Dansie found us right away and the three of us chatted away for 7.35 miles! I almost thought we were talking too much, but I was in a great mood and it kept us from running too fast those first couple miles. Veyo Hill came and the three of us separated. Liz past me on the hill last year- but this time I could see her the whole time and I caught back up to her for a little bit. But she’s speedy and ran a little faster.
Maybe next time my friends will tell me my sunglasses are crooked. lol
Miles 7.35-11 are uphill. I was so looking forward to the top of the hill. My hamstrings were feeling a little tight and I’ve never had hamstring issues. Nothing hurt so I didn’t worry too much. Then we have some rolling hills until mile 15. I was thinking first timers from out-of-town were probably thinking, where is the downhill? I thought this was a downhill race? lol I’ve run it before and was wondering again where is the downhill.
On Veyo hill I passed a guy pushing a wheel chair. Then at the Ledges he past me back. Holy crap. His shirt said, Never Give Up. I cheered for him both times. He is awesome. You can also slightly see the parachute in the same pic. There were a couple of them flying around. Pretty cool.
I also met this girl Elise. She was wearing a yellow sparkle skirt and pink visor like mine. Well, she is actually part owner of the Sparkle Skirt company which is in Orange, CA, where I was born. Small world! I said I wanted to get a pic of us after the race for my blog, so here you go!
For the first 17 miles my pace was 8:05 average and I was a little worried I wasn’t going to have any cushion at the end of the race. I had no room to slow down, so I tried to take advantage of the steep downhills and just run what was comfortable. I took a gel every 5 miles and an anti-fatigue pill every hour. I took two an hour before the start. I also had gum the whole race (2 or 3 pieces), my temples hurt the next day from all that chewing. lol But my mouth never got dry. The weather was perfect. I only drank 20 oz of water, I ran out at the very end. I grabbed one water from an aid station at the end and it just got all over me. lol
On diagonal street I grabbed an otterpop and thought the sugar would be nice. I wish she would have cut it open though. It was kind of a pain to open and it got on my hands. Usually I hate diagnal, it just seems to never end, but it went by fast! Haley Hammons was ahead of me the whole time and I just tried to stay with her. I also took a wet towel and put it on my head for just a little cooling down. And I tried to throw it in the basket and I was way off!
My hips didn’t hurt, my legs didn’t hurt, I actually felt great! Two miles to go and I was like only 16 minutes, Cake! I can do this, don’t give up. So I pushed a little harder. My fastest mile was 24! Wow! There was about 200′ elevation loss there though. That was a 7:35 pace. I loved all the people lining the streets too.
I made the last turn and was excited to see the balloons. Once over the little hill I pushed a little harder. There were two girls in front of me and I past them. I heard the announcer say my name and heard some people cheer for me and I was so excited to finish sub 3:30, I raised my arms and crossed the finish line. I walked out-of-the-way a little and just bent over, hands on knees to rest. I was so happy to be done! I saw Shannon right away and asked her time- 3:14, holy crap!
They handed me orange soda, I drank a little. I got a chocolate milk and loved that. I found friends and sat down for a little while. We took pictures, ate buttered bread, drank coke and just sat down for a while. I felt great! Loved the Bomb Popsicle! When I left the runners area I took some grapes and cantaloupe.
Coming into this race I had already decided I only want to do the SG Marathon next year as my only full marathon. I felt I did a lot this year and didn’t want to train for both the SG Ironman 70.3 and a marathon at the same time. But the day after this race, I messaged a bunch of friends to see if they want to do the Utah Valley Marathon in June. Ahhhh! I did the UV 1/2 two years ago and said I would never ever do that race again, we had a rare headwind the entire way and it was miserable. But, I’m ready now. 🙂
My next race is either going to be the Snow Canyon 1/2 Marathon or the Butch Cassidy 10K in Springdale Nov 2nd. Two years ago it snowed for the 10K and I loved every minute of it. I haven’t done Snow Canyon before and I would love to PR as it’s a fast downhill race. My husband is out-of-town that weekend so we’ll see.
I LOVED the SG Marathon this year, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. I look forward to next year. Thanks for reading!
We look so happy crossing the finish line- must be the 6:59 pace! hehe