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Utah Valley 1/2 Marathon Recap!

SO pleased to see Andrew and the children and to be just a few steps away from the tip!

(High, bra, shorts, sneakers, glasses, jacket)

On Saturday, I may inform within the first mile that I used to be feeling off.  I saved telling myself that every race is a curler coaster of emotions and that issues would change after just a few miles (there have been just a few factors the place I did really feel a bit higher, although!), however I by no means felt like myself in the course of the race.  Unhealthy days occur to all of us, so it’s a part of the game, however I additionally assume my physique is asking for a little bit of a break… I’ve been going a bit loopy (and having nice races!) the previous few months between Antelope, Boston, and Vigor.  I would like to take a look at the large image of what my physique wants and take it again a notch this month with mileage and velocity. I’m thrilled with my time and place, however I can simply inform my physique needs a break from operating for just a few days and large velocity exercises/races this month!

Issues began shiny and early with Megan, Jo, Courtney, and Kiley.  I awoke at 4:20 and took a bathe earlier than consuming a bagel with jam and ingesting a bottle of water.   We bought to the race at 5:20, and it was chilly within the canyon earlier than the solar rose.  This race makes certain to have fires for runners to huddle round earlier than the race begins.

A loopy story that Megan instructed us once we have been ready—> She lived in Boston at one level, and her older brother determined to rollerblade the Boston Marathon (not simply the course, DURING the race) within the 80s.  He bought arrested at mile 4, so I suppose which means we shouldn’t attempt that ourselves;)

Jo and I used the restrooms, after which we did a couple of half-mile warm-up earlier than going to the beginning line.

The one gas I exploit now!  I took a gel 10 minutes earlier than the race began, at mile 4 and mile 8.  I don’t understand how I went so lengthy with out these, they simply work for me.

I ought to have introduced little water bottles as a result of my mouth felt dry on the beginning line.  I grabbed a cup of water at every assist station, the race volunteers have been the most effective.

The race began at 6:18 (18 minutes late as a result of limitations weren’t positioned appropriately), and throughout the first mile or two, Jo and I checked out one another with an ‘OH NO’ look.  Normally, all of us attempt to chat a tiny bit within the first few miles of a half or marathon, however neither of us had any chatting in us.  The start felt what I normally really feel like over the past mile, however I did my greatest to remain constructive and cheer for myself.  I centered on staying within the mile and never considering something forward of the mile I used to be operating.  I attempted smiling throughout every mile to launch pleased hormones (smiling additionally helps to get in additional oxygen and calm down your physique in the course of the run) and concentrate on the issues that weren’t hurting.  I felt a number of gratitude in these last miles that though issues have been hurting, my physique permits me to do what I like.

My cadence was decrease than my previous couple of races, and my stride felt like I used to be simply attempting to hold on and leaning again!  I ought to have slowed down a bit to repair my type and get on prime of my stride.   The course is internet downhill, however these first 8 miles of rolling hills felt fairly difficult, after which the final 5 miles are a straight shot that feels flat, however they’re a slight downhill for 4 of the miles.  The one downside with operating a race in your space is that you already know precisely how distant you’re from the tip by the landmarks alongside the best way, ha.  We’ve run the ultimate 5 miles of this course so many instances, and it’s a straight shot that feels prefer it lasts endlessly if you end up hurting.

When Jo took off her sweatshirt within the morning, I spotted we have been matching ha.  We didn’t plan this; it simply occurred!

I took third place general for the ladies and gained a $250 test!  1st and 2nd place each instructed us they have been taking pictures for below 1:20 and completed in 1:21:xx.  All of us felt so off for the day.  Onward and upward!

The splits from my Garmin—> very constructive splits that in all probability would have been even splits if I went out extra conservative:). 5:57, 6:01, 6:19, 6:10, 6:05 6:03, 6:10, 6:12, 6:15, 6:20, 6:30, 6:19, 6:20, 5:53 tempo for the final .25.

I checked out my watch in all probability 3-4 instances a mile and realized I don’t like doing that.  *Observe for subsequent time… I like racing extra after I don’t have a look at my watch a lot and simply go principally off of really feel.

One other tangent—> I used to be within the late luteal part of my cycle, and I desire racing in any of the opposite three phases.  I want I may plan my cycle across the races I wish to do, ha.

Okay, one final tangent—> the official race chip time outcomes have been 1:22:35, so that’s my official time, however I began my watch proper on the beginning line, by no means touched it throughout, after which stopped proper after crossing the end line?… Is one thing bizarre occurring with my watch?  I’ve by no means observed the timer on my watch to be off, simply the space typically.

The after-race felt like a celebration.  We ended up being there for just a few hours, cheering on the marathoners and speaking.  My coach (the buddy that writes my plan!) ran a 2:30 and took third for the lads!

Makena and her dad… I spent a great chunk of my highschool years at their home hanging out.  They introduced me this crown too.  Makena’s brother is Tristen, if you happen to noticed him on Shark Tank!

Publish-race kisses!

I noticed Emilee and Jenn at mile 10, they usually gave me the largest pep in my step.  There’s simply one thing about seeing your individuals in a race that offers you a lift of power.

The youngsters then had their race!  The Utah Valley Marathon at all times places a free race on for all youngsters.  They get t-shirts, medals, and goodies on the finish of the race (popsicles, pancakes, smoothies, chick-fil-a, and so forth.). I like what this race does to get youngsters outdoors and to maneuver.  There needed to have been just a few hundred youngsters operating.

Skye wasn’t feeling nice, so she didn’t do the race and went house with Andrew and Beck… She was so bummed to overlook the race, so I’ll create one for her when she is feeling higher.

It was scorching out by the point they began, however they ran so properly.  I like seeing them on this atmosphere…

The youngsters’ race was a 1k, they usually have been all speaking about how they wish to do it once more subsequent 12 months, so I’m calling that an enormous success.

Time to recuperate and reset!


Do you pin your bib in your prime earlier than placing it on or as soon as it’s already on?

Does your space ever have any races for youths?

What race have you ever spent essentially the most time within the ache cave?

Inform me what the spotlight was of your weekend!



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