October 10th, 2013
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…
After dinner we drove to the store for last-minute things people forgot. I even bought a new pair of gloves to throw away after the start. Then the truck we were in had a dead battery. LOL Michelle came and picked us up, drove us to the finish to get my things out of my car, then we headed up to the cabin. I had mentioned on the drive that I hoped it wasn’t a scam, I made them all worry now. haha. We stopped at the start for a couple of pics before we went to the cabin. Just a little chilly and breezy.
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.I don’t know why my number is pinned so low, usually I pay more attention. Ahhh. Maybe because there were no door length mirrors. lol
We arrived at the start and took some more pics. Said bye and good luck to some of the girls, and went and found a bush. Not sure why. I also saw Jack and Shannon- coming from the bushes, not sure why either. Nicole and I stayed together so we wouldn’t get lost within the 5,821 runners (finishers). Our plan was to start together and just see what happens. We did our 18 miler together, we are about the same exact pace.
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.Nicole and I ran our 4th marathon, but next year she’s going to kill it with the Utah Grand Slam. Four Marathons! Ogden in May, Utah Valley in June, Park City in August and SG in October. I might try it one year- not sure when. lol I am signed up for the SG Ironman 70.3 in May.Michelle ran her first marathon! I’m so glad she moved to Hurricane and became my neighbor. Last year she was at the finish line watching. That was me two years ago. Everyone should run a marathon!After Michelle came in I got my medal engraved for only $5! I paid $20 at a San Diego Rock-n-Roll. Then I drove us up to the start to get her car. I ate a banana but then I was starving and stopped at In-n-Out for a large coke, fries and hamburger animal style. Oh it tasted so good! I rushed home- paid the sitter some good money, showered and headed to a BBQ at Highland Park that Shannon organized. I did stop at my neighbors first to say hello at their BBQ that they invited me to. My neighbors kids came in town from CA and Colorado- it was great they all got in from the lottery. One guy already qualified for Boston and ran with his brother who had a 15 min PR of 3:35. Another friend of theirs was the 4:45 pacer and it was her 65th marathon and I think 35th as a pacer. Something like that. Pretty impressive.So, all the kids want to wear my medal as soon as they see it. It almost gets dropped on the ground, and then Connor hands it to me in two pieces. I asked him how the ribbon came off. He said he pulled really hard on it. Okay then. I can fix it. lolThe potluck at the park was great. The kids all ran around and had fun while we all talked about the race. I still felt pretty good. I knew the next day I was probably going to be miserable.Saturday night I finally went to sleep at 11:30 and was looking forward to sleeping in. 6:45 I woke up. Darn! Every time I rolled over my muscles hurt. I got up and surprisingly wasn’t too bad. My mid back muscles hurt, of course my quads a little and my calves. I don’t remember my calves hurting this bad ever from a race. I decide to take the kids and dogs for a 1 mile walk. I felt great, I even ran a little to see if I could. After lunch I asked the kids to please let me take a 30 minute nap- 2 hours later the house was still standing! But after waking up I felt like I was starting all over again with pain. lol. After moving around again I felt pretty good. But squatting down to clean up spilled milk, not so much. Thanks Connor. hehe.Here are some fun facts from the race results. Last year I was in the 30-34 class and finished 1587th place o/a..My watch was only 3.6 seconds off from the race clock! My slowest mile was 11. Last year it was mile 19. And I thought that the whole race, I did not want that to be my slowest. I think I took a short walk break last year at The Ledges hill I believe. It seems like Veyo should be my slowest but it wasn’t. At mile 11 I remember being over the never-ending hill. lolMy first half of this race – 13.1 was a 1:46:13 (8:06 pace) and my 2nd half was a 1:42:27 (7:48 pace). Both are faster than any of my Half Marathons! Can’t wait to do another half!
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
May 23rd, 2013
I just finished my third Marathon! Ogden Marathon. Day two and I still can’t get off the couch w/o both arms. I can’t use my quads to get up. But that’s what I get for a downhill marathon. BUT I’ve already been scouring the internet to find a marathon after/before St George. I’m undecided. 20 weeks to St George Marathon, yesterday I started working on my training schedule. I’m following a Hal Higdon 18 week plan with added speed, yoga, strength, cycling, and swimming. I’m probably going to do another 70.3 in November. So I’m good on the cross training.
This year Ogden Marathon was a lottery. I did not get in first try. But not everyone signed up, so I was able to register. Shannon, Brooke and I drove up to Ogden on Friday. We headed straight to the expo at Union Station. Okay, I love this town! There are so many neat old buildings. I was not a great photographer this weekend as it was pretty rainy.
The Expo had all the usual venders selling any last-minute items you need or clothing. I bet they sold a lot of hats and visors. There was a 60% chance on rain. It was pretty crowded inside. There were also some venders outside and blowup fun basketball courts. But it was windy and cold outside. We got our packets and I LOVE our blue long sleeve shirt we got. Then we left for dinner at Olive Garden, along with everyone else. Instead of waiting an hour+ for a table we found four seats at the bar pretty quick! Shannon’s Mom lives in Ogden and made it for dinner! It was also Shannon’s birthday on Saturday. I ate the same thing I had the night before the SG Marathon, Chicken Parmesan, no cheese.
After dinner we headed to the Best Western. A few days before, Best Western called to see if we would switch our standard 2 queen bed room for a king size and pullout bed in the Bridal Suite! Hell Yes! We didn’t even know Best Westerns had Bridal suites. LOL. As we walk by all the regular rooms to our corner suite, we were wondering how it was going to be. It was Awesome!! Especially for three girls. Just see the pics. BTW, its pouring outside now and ALL night. We set our alarm for 3:30 and finally get to sleep about 10:30. Not my earliest for a run. Utah Valley wins the earliest with a 2:50am wake up!
Our plan was to leave at 4:15. I put glide all over my feet and toes, hoping the rain will not cause blisters, etc. (No feet problems at all – post race btw, maybe I’ll do that every race.) Best Western had an early breakfast for all the runners, how nice! Bananas, bagels, giant muffins, etc. I brought my usual oatmeal to eat and a banana. The bus pickup is near the finish line in downtown. It was maybe a 5 minute drive, we found parking a couple blocks away and started walking, in the rain. There are hotels on the main streets too. We could have slept in an extra hour! But probably couldn’t beat our $30 price/person bridal suite.
I’m wearing a full length pink robe. It’s so warm. It’s just sprinkling steady, not too bad. We get in line for our bus about 5:am and head up the canyon, about a 30 minute drive. They said its 40 degrees at the top. We get off the bus and put bags on our feet, to keep dry and clean. There is a muddy section we have to cross to get to the grass field we have to wait in, for about 2 hours! We get in line for the bathrooms right away, maybe took 30 minutes. Sit down for a bit. We sit on out gear check bag, and wait. Some people are sleeping on the ground, standing around fire pits or going out to the forest for something. It’s still sprinkling steady, but not bad. We get in line again for the bathrooms, then it’s time to line up for the race. I was planning on donating my robe but I decided to put it in my bag and then I can use it for SG!
I hugged Shannon and said good luck! She went to the front with the fast people, because she’s so speedy now. They had 8min, 9min, 10min pace flags so you would line up appropriately. Start time is 7:15 and we take off on time! I lined up with the 3:45 pacer. I believe it’s the same pacer from SG. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do, or how fast I should run. So I stayed with the pacer to make sure I didn’t run too fast for the first two miles. But then I went ahead and just ran my own race. It was raining the whole time, like 100% of the race. The course was beautiful! I loved all the green. I loved the first 8 miles. I love downhill. I was averaging an 8:10 pace with ease. On mile 3 it said I did a 7:59 pace and I said crap, I’m going too fast. I turned on my music at mile 7. Then about mile 9 I had to go to the bathroom, but there was a line for the four port-o-potties, so I continued on.
Mile 13 was the half start so there were a ton of bathrooms, I ran in, no waiting. But I still took a couple of minutes. My pace slowed from 8:24 to a 8:31. Being wet, wearing a skirt over my pants and having a rain jacket on and wearing a race belt for my gels, and wearing my water pack kinda made it a pain to be quick. Oh well. After the bathroom I ran over the transponder area for mile 13.
Miles 8-15 had rolling hills on a slight incline with the last big hill at mile 14. There were great signs to read while running up it. Pictures of stars like Napoleon Dynamite, Star Wars, Superman with clever sayings that I can’t remember one. Lol But the girls remembered. Napoleon said ‘You are running the Ogden Marathon, Lucky’. And there was a picture of a cat that said ‘Suck it up Buttercup’.
Apparently there were themes at each water station, but I only noticed the Egyptians. They were playing ‘Walk like an Egyptian’ and all dressed in costumes. Imagine how many times they listened to that song?? So that was my favorite. I don’t stop at most of the water stations, I try to stay in the middle and watch the ground to not step in puddles or on cups.
Mile 18 the rain was light and I was warm. I took off my not so waterproof rain jacket, tied it around my waist and took off my long sleeve shirt that was soaked and weighed about 5 lbs! Tossed it to the side, then I noticed the next aid station was an official clothing drop. So I dropped my jacket off at the sign, it had my gloves in the pocket too. So now I’m wearing my tank top and arm sleeves. I feel great.
Mile 20 I started to have a stomach ache. Not sure why. I felt like throwing up for about 4.5 miles, but it seemed like it was 10 miles. I didn’t know if another gel would make it worse, but I decided to keep taking my gels. Then I thought maybe I’m not drinking enough water, since its not hot like all my usual races. I also only filled one of my water bottles, knowing it wasn’t going to be hot and I could fill it along the way. So I drank more water and my stomach actually felt better the last couple miles. My legs started to hurt too. My quads were sore and my ankles felt a little tight. But I kept telling myself its all mental, keep going, don’t walk.
I turned the corner and saw this beautiful waterfall. It wasn’t raining too bad so I took out my phone for the first time, out of the baggie. Took some pics. It was nice to see around mile 23 or whatever it was late in the race.
Then we crossed this gravel section which led us to a paved trail. We ran on this for a while. It was beautiful with all the trees. There were more people everywhere cheering. We went through a couple really dark tunnels too. This was a windy trail and I’m passing a lot of people walking. This race was also a relay marathon. I would cheer on people as I passed, I said good job ladies and they were really nice too. I also had a couple guys pass me telling me good job when I was running a 8:10 pace early on! I also noticed my left hand was frozen, I tried to move it to open a gel and it was very stiff.
I stopped at an aid station to fill my bottle and kept going, maybe 2 or 3 miles left. We get off the trail by going through a tunnel and end up on the street, we make a few turns. There are still a ton of trees, I asked a guy where the hell is downtown? I think the final stretch is a mile down the street to the finish. I wanted to be under 3:50 and tried to sprint but I could only go so fast, my legs were kind of done. That mile wasn’t horrible, I passed a lot of people, there were a ton of people walking too. It was raining pretty hard. I crossed the finish and my official time was 3:51:08. I was surprised of how many people were cheering in the rain.
I was handed an 8oz can of coke that tasted really good. I grabbed a chocolate milk and a cup of fresh chicken dumpling soup, that was warm and delicious. I also took a piece of bread with honey butter on it, that tasted great too. We had a plan to meet at purple tents. I went there and stood out of the pouring rain. A chair was open and I sat down, much better! I saw Brooke’s text that she bought a $35 sweatshirt so she wouldn’t get hypothermia- she’s in my car with the heater on. (She did the half) My chocolate milk tasted so good! I let a guy use my phone. Asked another guy to help me get up. LOL Then I started to get cold. I was shivering so bad. So I went to find the bags with our stuff, I put on my robe! So glad I saved it!! I also saw some WORCS friends who live near Ogden, her husband did the half for the second time. He started running because of all my running posts on FB!
We asked for a late checkout. They gave us 2:00. Awesome! We defrosted by taking hot showers. So much better!! We went back to the finish to look for my rain jacket. Spent about an hour waiting for the truck and searching through hundreds of wet clothes in the truck. It was clothes from the entire course, not just the official drop stations. All mixed together. And another girl found it for me! Just as I was about to give up on my $75 Nike jacket. We heard the last runner come across the finish line, just under 7 hours. Way to finish! And it stopped raining and the sun came out!!
People like to compare this race with the St George Marathon. And I’ve heard so many different opinions. Even though my Ogden time was 6 minutes slower than SG, Ogden seemed so much easier, at the time. The cooler weather was awesome, the canyon and scenery were beautiful and the end seemed to pass really fast. Even though the Ironman SG 70.3 was two weeks before this race, I still want to do them both again. It was such a fun girls trip! I am looking forward to a faster SG! Can’t wait!!
After Ogden we went to The Cheesecake Factory for Shannon’s birthday. I had Chicken Marsala that tasted great. We walked around the mall a little, and I’m sure we looked funny walking around too. My stomach was cramping for about an hour, but then went away. We headed to the movies in Draper and saw the Great Gatsby. I was surprised of the assigned seating! We stayed at Brooke’s parents house in Draper then headed home Sunday morning. Shannon PR’d big time with a 3:28! What a great birthday present to herself! And now I have to get a 3:30 at SG.
So the aftermath:
Saturday, race day: quads sore, back muscles sore, very very slow, hard to walk up/down stairs.
Sunday: quads pretty sore. We drove home that day. Sat on the couch the rest of the day. Husband asks is it worth it? Totally!
Monday: quads totally sore. Have to use two hands to get up off couch, toilet, anything that requires quads. Took a nap.
Tuesday: quads still kill. Sat on couch all day. I walk really slow. (My 3-year-old is sick, so we’ve been couch potatoes) Will I ever be able to run again??
Wednesday: much better! I can walk at a normal pace around the house. I got a massage too. I tried to run across the house, no go!
Thursday: Yoga was great. Did a lot of running around. Feel great!
Friday: Was planning on running 3 miles. Kind of don’t feel like it anymore. Running tomorrow anyway.
Saturday: Rock-n-Roll Mud Run 5K. We’ll see how that goes…
Thanks for reading!