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
February 1st, 2012
Okay, it only took me more then a week to write this. You know, having a 2 & 4 year old keep me busy. And I just signed Evan up for Soccer so I’m really excited. And I’m training for a FULL marathon. This takes up a lot of time.
Quick stats: PR’d with a time of 1:53:34. That is an average pace of 8:40/mile.
Rain. It hasn’t rained all winter, but since we have a race of course it’s going to rain. BUT, it wasn’t cold or windy and didn’t rain that hard while I was running- so it was great weather actually. My neighbor Michelle was running the 5k, her first race since having her baby almost 3 months ago. So we carpooled while her husband watched all 6 kids. THANKS Todd!
The race started at the Dixie center. I think we got there around 8:am. The 5k starts at 8:50 and the half starts at 9:am. It was raining when we got there so we went inside the Dixie center and got in line for the bathrooms and stretched a tiny bit. We went outside and ran under the bridge and I saw another bathroom. So I went again. It was nice not using port-o-potties, but there were some if you wanted to wait for one in the rain. Michelle went to line up and I waited under the bridge staying dry. I ran a tiny bit back and forth. I’m pretty sure I did not warm up enough.
After the 5k’ers took off I went to line up. I met some guys from Vegas. They even took a picture with me. I helped one guy with his watch since it was same Garmin 405 as mine. I saw Tricia Baird up in the front, said hi and then scooted back a little. They had a countdown and we were off.
I started running, a little too fast, slowed a bit. I saw Aimee pass me and I just tried to keep my pace and not go too fast the first mile. I saw the 5kers along the path heading back to the finish and I was looking for Michelle and just as I was about to give up looking I heard her calling me. Then I saw the 5k turn and thought maybe I should just turn and finish, but then I was running way to slow for a 5k, so I kept going straight. lol
We went to River Road and and a patriotic guy was about to pass me, but on the uphill I passed him back. I found out he was 74 years old and finished just 3 minutes after me. I hope when I’m that age I can still run like that.
I kept running up the hills and down and couldn’t wait to see mile 7 because I knew that was the last hill. And when we turned right on that last hill I thought oh it’s so long! So I told myself not to look up, I just looked at the ground so it wouldn’t be so far. It didn’t look like it was going to rain hard, so I took off my jacket. I was tempted to throw it to the water station but kept it just incase of a downpour.Tags: half marathon, race, race report, race reports, run, running, St george COMMENTS: 2 Comments
I was doing really good about eating every 30 minutes, which has helped me tremendously. And I took 3 anti-fatigue pills before we started and took one an hour in. I only drink water. Not sure if I need to change that a bit, especially for the full marathon coming up. I used to eat at mile 6 or 7. No wonder I was dying at every race. I need to like GU though, eating the Shot Blocks takes so long!
At mile 8 we started on a trail for the rest of the race. It was nice. I didn’t really talk that much to people. It was hard enough running at that pace. I listened to my iPod and kept thinking I haven’t walked yet! At the last water station it was a 180 degree turn and I walked for about 10 seconds around the turn and drank some water. Then I saw mile 12 and thought I should run faster- only 1 mile left! I was running about an 8 min mile and thought maybe that’s too fast too soon, but there was a girl in front of me (with a bigger butt) and I really wanted to pass her, she was running with a guy. Then this girl that was cheering said, “go girl in pink, get that girl!” So after following her forever- I saw the end coming and picked it up, I finally passed her, then I heard Tricia cheering for me- since she finished way before me, so I went faster, then Aimee was yelling for me and started running ahead of me and told me to go faster and finish with the clock still saying 1:53. And I did! That last little bit I past a ton of people sprinting to the end. Though with chip timing who knows where people really finish overall, but it’s fun to sprint at the end and pass someone. But right after I was so done!
They handed me my medal- But I had to take a double look because it weighed nothing- oh because it wasn’t medal, it was rubber- but I liked it. Then I definitely wanted to eat something because I did not want a repeat of the Vegas race. (getting sick). I got some chocolate milk, because everyone brags about drinking that after, though I don’t think I’ve ever drank cold chocolate milk before, just have never liked it. And then I got a Texas Roadhouse roll with their butter. Ohhh that was so good!! And I loved the chocolate milk too! I also never had a cramp or side-stitch. This was the first race I didn’t get one! And I know it’s because of Aimee and speed work.
Michelle saw me finish and then after I ate it started raining pretty hard. We decided to just leave. I know I didn’t win. haha. And results will be posted online.
My original goal was to try and stay with the 1:50 pacers. Well at mile 7 I couldn’t stay with them up the hill. So then I kept thinking about the 1:55 pacers. I really didn’t want them passing me. So that was on my mind the whole time. lol. Then my other goal was to try and keep every mile under 9 minutes. Well after one of the hills I thought, well that’s out the door. But after looking at my splits I was so close!
I really enjoyed the race. I loved the challenge of the hills, they didn’t seem as bad as when I drove the first eight miles the day before. I loved finishing strong. And I loved getting a PR! Since I beat my Bryce Canyon time- which is a fast downhill course. It’s nice to know that I’m improving. I wonder what my time for Bryce would be now? My next race is a 10 miler, the Dam to Dam at Sand Hollow. I did the 5 miler last year and had a great time, in the rain as well. Then I have the Sand Hollow Marathon 3/31/12.
Here’s some pics from the photo people.
Thanks for reading! Sorry it took so long….