How could 3 weeks have already passed? I have sat down to write this race recap so many times and it has just never happened. Life goes on and my October is always the busiest month. We have 2 bdays bday parties, football, soccer x2, bball, school, etc... you get the picture. So the post that I will write will for sure be different that a post that I would have written right after the race. I have had time to analyze and overanalyze the race :)
I wish that after I arrived in St. George that my cold went away and everything was smooth sailing but it really was not. My cold actually seemed to get worse and I was not sleeping well, I just felt really off. Having a head and chest cold, coupled with the altitude was not ideal but I did my best to keep it out of my mind and not dwell on it.
I was delighted, actually shocked when I went to the expo and found that my bib was at the elite table.
I tried to stay off my feet as much as possible on Friday because I have found that it does make a difference. I took a nap, or should I say I laid down for a while. Time passed rather quickly and before I knew it I was getting all my gear ready and making sure I had everything that I needed. The prediction was that it was going to be cold at the start, 35 degrees, brrr......
|Ready to run!!|
The elite corral was great, lots of port a potties with no lines, water, gatorade, heat sheets, and fires because it was cold and windy. I immediately went into a port a potty and decided that since no one was waiting for me to come out that I was going to take my time and just get ready in there. It was a nice shield from the wind and it was nice and clean. After spending a good 10 minutes in there I went and stood by the fire and waited. This marathon is the most organized marathon I have ever run. I have run it 2 times before but never raced it. The energy was great but to be honest I just really wanted to get it over with. Soon it was 10 minutes to race time so I shed my warm clothes, left on my throw away long sleeve and checked my bag.
As I was trying to stay warm by the fire, 2 girls that I had run many miles with at the Hobble Creek 1/2 in August were right around the same fire. Jasmine recognized me and began chatting and then Tara was there too. Jasmine was shooting for low 2:50's and Tara was going for 2:55.
We decided it was time to leave the warmth of the fire and line up at the start. We squeezed our way close to the front and then it was really time to go. I remember Tara saying that she was so excited and I remember thinking, "I really don't want to do this." Not really what you want to be thinking right before the gun goes off. Ready or not, it was time to go.
Miles 1-7 (6:41,6:48,6:33,6:22,6:32,6:24,6:21) 10k split 40:32, 6:32 pace
I was happy to finally be running! It was still pretty dark and I could not see my Garmin to know my pace but when it beeped at the mile I used the backlight to see. I was going out faster than I wanted but the downhill combined with the a little tailwind for the first few miles made it hard to pull back. The effort was easy so I went with it. While there was a net drop it was pretty gradual with some rollers. Miles 6 & 7 dropped into Veyo and the bottom of Veyo Hill (Big hill). At about 6 1/2 I needed to go to the bathroom :(, I have never had this issue in a race before but i also had not been able to go before the race. Yes, I am talking #2, sorry gross I know! I knew there was a port a potty at the base of the hill and decided that even though I hated to stop that I had to.
Miles 8-13(the hill miles, no st george is not all downhill!)
8:05(1 minute in the port a potty),7:02,6:54,7:11,6:53,6:30 1/2 split 1:29:17 6:49 pace
The Port a potty was an unsuccessful stop and so frustrating to me to lose a minute and not go tot he bathroom. While in the port a potty I shed my throw away shirt and came out of there like a bat out of hell. Unfortunately before I had to stop I was comfortably running behind Jasmine and 2 other girls who were chatting away. It was nice to be able to listen to their conversation and be distracted. I knew that I should not try and catch them but I did push it up Veyo because I had lost so much time in the port a potty, thus the 8:05 mile. I saw Tara on the hill and was hoping we could work together but What I did not know at the time was that she had fallen right before I saw her. I kept on hoping she would pull up along side but it did not happen. You can tell I was wanting some personal company but knew deep down that while there were plenty of people around that I was going to have to dig deep for this one. After the giant hill there was just a steady hill for miles. Around mile 10 I started to not feel so great. It was the same feeling I felt in the Hobble Creek 1/2. Nauseous enough to not want to drink or eat but I kept on. Looking back it had to be the altitude. I have raced a lot at altitude and my body does not love it. I started to wonder if I should just pull back and go on cruise control but I knew if I did not try I would regret it, so I kept moving and hoped that things would turn around. I was carrying a handheld so I drank as needed. My plan was to fuel 90 minutes in which would be right around the 1/2. This may seem late to some of you but I trained doing this for this cycle. For alot of my runs I actually did not fuel at all. I carried electrolyte drink with no sugar (Nuun) but did not take in any carbs. I really feel like if I had not been at altitude that this would not have been an issue. That could be a whole other post.
Crossed the 1/2 at 1:29:17, pretty much on pace. This is a good course to negative split and I was hopeful but struggling with the nausea. Took 4 GU chomps.
Miles 14-20- 6:50,6:21,6:20,6:35,6:26,7:20,7:04 30k split 2:05:00 6:42 pace
Finally some down to make up for all the up!! My sister was meeting me at 16 to give me a bottle of water that I had mixed 1/2 a Gu into. I was looking forward to seeing her. I made it to her and got my bottle. She asked how I was and I remember saying not good. The middle miles are hard when you are hurting because you are not close enough to the end to convince yourself that you are almost there :) I ran with my GU bottle for a couple of miles and then was only able to get down 3-4 sips before deciding to chuck it on the side of the road. Mile 19 brought another good climb and I grabbed a water at the aid station so I could take a few more Chomps. At some point between 19 and 20 the dry heaving started.
Miles 21-26.2 6:17,6:48,7:18,6:49,7:33,7:31
These miles were not pretty. I was digging really deep and trying to keep everything down. Thankfully i was able to keep moving with the occasional dry heave at an aid station. There was a clock at every aid station which at this point was every mile. In hind sight I am not sure if this was good for me mentally or bad for me. Between 23 and 24 you finally come into town to good size crowds and cheering. My parents surprised me and came down to St. George. They were around mile 23 1/2 and it was a boost to see them!! I threw my gloves at my Mom(sorry Mom) and tried to muster up some faster feet. My hamstrings were hurting which was weird to me because I would have thought that my quads would be hurting but sometimes the body does what it wants.
|My Dad took this pic at 23 1/2, last downhill before the flat. Nice catching me in the air!|
|Right after I crossed the finish line, I left it all out there!|
|My Mom and sister|
|My Mom an Dad|
|Shout out to my Brother in law who ran his 1st marathon|
|I Did It!!!!|
Shout out to my family, my coach Nikki Rafie who always believed, my sports chiro John Howell who helps to keep me running, the most awesome Team Athena, and some awesome friends who talked me off the ledge when the stress was getting to me.
Dream Big Guys, Dream Big!!!