Start by Saying Thanks! ❤
I want to start this post by thanking each and everyone of the many people that supported me in this race. I was completely overwhelemed by the amount of love and support that poured out to me throughout this training cycle and on my race day and I think my heart could literally explode. Everyone of you made my race day experience and made the outcome all the more enjoyable and for that I am forever grateful!
Friday June 13th, 2015
Woke up and went for a shakeout run 2 miles with 5×50 strides followed by oatmeal (because carbs), showered, and prepped for my flight.
I arrived quite early for my flight – mainly because I HATE being stressed and frantic…Its my worst nightmare. So in light of my being a good hour and half before my boarding time I decided to travel over the adjacent terminal for a Phoenix Staple Breakfast – Matt’s Big Breakfast which consisted of a Bacon/Mushroom/Provolone Egg White Omelet with Cottage Cheese and Toast with AMAZING jam. If you have never eaten here YOU SHOULD everything is FRESH nothing frozen nothing processed and you CAN TASTE IT!
I arrived in Utah around 4:15 PM from my direct flight to Salt Lake got my rental car and headed south to Provo for hotel check-in and packet pickup. I had planned to get some goodies at a local bakery in Provo before it closed at 6 but traffic was awful so I just opted to head to the Expo.
The Utah Valley Marathon Expo was well pretty uneventful compared to the big marathons i.e. Disney/RocknRoll/Etc. and I was kinda disappointed because I wanted to buy some race swag but really the selection was extremely limited. However, it was a fast in and out and had a few spots to pick up some stuff in case you forgot stuff like a fuel belt, sunglasses, gels, etc. I actually ended up snagging up some awesome TriShorts for 50% off and I am all about that bargain! I talked to some locals and they pretty much said all the Utah expos are a similar just pick up your packet and go vibe, just a heads up if you are thinking about venturing out West…you don’t need to allot out extra time for the expo experience. lol.
After the expo I was meeting up a fellow KatiesFitScript teammate for some pre-race dinnner fuel. Nicole was kind enough to travel 30+ minutes out of her way to see me and I was so grateful for the company in a foreign place. We ate at one of her families local favorites called Brick Oven and I endulged in the salad bar, pizza, and custom pasta bar…because CARBS!
After I went back to my hotel to lay out my race outfit and double, triple, quadrouple check I had everything laid out, charging, and in my check-bag that I might need and headed to bed around 10:30 PM for my 3 A.M. wakeup call.
Sports Bra: Under Armour; Tank: FitandFaithful, Shorts: Nike; Shoes: Hoka Cliftons, Socks: ProCompression, Belt: FlipBelt, Headband: Sweatybands; Gels: HoneyStinger and Huma Chia Seed
Saturday – June 13th, 2015 – RACE DAY
ALARM: BEEP BEEP BEPP
Got Dressed and prepped breakfast – Cinammon Raison Mini Bagel with Whipped Cream Cheese with Coffee and Water and out the door I went.
The host hotel was in an awesome location and only 1 block away from the loading bus. I got there early enough so there was no wait and I got rigth on which was awesome. The race starts at the top of a canyon so it takes you approximately 30+ minutes to make your way to the holding area for the pre-race fun.
The Pre-Race area was very nice they had some food, water, and fire pits set up to keep you warm prior to the race. One really nice feature about this race that is unlike any other races I have done is there was actually more than enough portapotties (A runner’s dream).
Line up was at 5:45 A.M. and take off at 6:00 A.M. The Start was pretty well organized considering there were no corrals and all the runner seemed to respect and stand around the pacer that was associated with their goal finish time.
Miles 1-7 were primarily downhill and I kept on pace around 8 min/mile but I could definately tell right away that this downhill was going to do a number on my quads.
Miles 7-9 was a series of 3 rolling hills. I knew they were coming but I had no clue how hard there were going to be in the transition from downhill to uphill and with the elevation my asthma and legs were not my friend. However, I tried to stay as close to GMP average as I could.
Miles 9-11 was some more downhill and I managed to make up some time lost from the climbs but then…Miles 12-14 were another set of rolling hills and I passed 13.1 at 1:47:35 right on BQ but I knew I had to pick it up…Mile 15 was STEEP downhill and I caught up on some time but then Mile 16 hit with another hill and BAM I knew things were not looking good. Right as I passed under this tunnel and the 3:35 pacer passed me I knew my chances of a BQ were slim I tried to keep pace for another 0.5 mile but then just relinquished my BQ goal and decided to pull back the pace. 😦
The long lost BQ Tunnel 😦
Miles 17-26.2 well were kinda not so extraordinary lol. I ran some, walked some, and just kinda tried to survive haha. My stomach was like I don’t like you after I took my second gel at mile 10 and it was getting hotter and hotter as we went down the canyon so I decided to keep it light. I took powerade, 2 otter popciles, and 3 orange slices up until the end of the race. My main goals at this point was less than a 4 hour finish and to not pass out on the course or get injured.
I finished at 26.2 (actually 26.3 lol) at 3:48:39 a 15 min and 15 sec PR and one hell of a happy face. Marathon #3 I conquered you.
Once done I proceeded to get my free massage. I have never done this before but trust me I will never forget to this again it definately saved my legs and sanity…I was much happier s/p massage! 🙂
Overall this race was awesome. It was beautiful and breath-taking course with amazing course support and volunteers. However, even though it is net downhill coarse by 2000+ feet the hills on the course are quite frequent and the climbs are hard especially after trashing your quads on the dowhill. I think the killer this year was the heat is was at least 10+ degrees warmer than you would want for a marathon or a PR and it showed. I noticed that the 3:35 and 3:45 pacer did not even finish at their projected times and were walking the course over the last 6.2 miles (This made me feel better about my defeat).
My dad asked me after the race if I was upset because I did not Boston Qualify and if I was disappointed. For the first time since I started running in 2009 I can honestly say I was not dissapointment one bit. I think it is because I knew I had done my best for what the day gave and I allowed my body grace and did not beat it to the ground or into injury as I previously did in all my other races. But, I think what really changed this time was all the support I got from my friends and family and just knowing that today wasn’t my day to BQ and thats ok because my time will come and it will be the right time and the perfect moment for me.
With Love and Marathons,
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