Utah Valley Marathon Recap

**I have retyped this recap 3 times!!! Blogger officially hates me and I hope this is coming out the way I want it to because I am officially over it.  Can anyone help me transfer my blog to wordpress?

And I’m back with a race recap!  I’m not sure I ever even shared on the blog that I was going to attempt another 26.2 miles post Boston.  But the opportunity to run UV marathon arose and after consulting a few friends on the idea I decided to jump in on it.  After the 5k on May 5th I threw together a condensed 4 week training cycle and jumped back in the saddle. 

Here’s the Skinny if you don’t want to read the full Report:  I finished in 3:12:36, 69th overall, 12th female, 1st in my age group.

Now back to the boring stuff.  Based on my training and my Boston time I went into the race confident I was capable of running sub-3:20 marathon and if all the stars aligned perfectly I thought just maybe I could even pull off a 3:15. 

I had 3 goals going into the race:

1.  Negative Split!  I had never negative split a marathon and I knew that the course was set up perfectly for a negative split race.2.  Run Smart!  Keep my heart rate under control and make sure things feel “easy” until mile 16, hydrate/fuel according to the plan, just execute a strategically smart race.3.  Have fun!  I wanted to appreciate each step.
For the sake of saving time here is the report copied directly from my Fast Running Blog with some pictures thrown into the mix.  Pictures make the monotony a little more bearable right?
Whoa Nelly where to start.  First I must say I LOVE this course.  Love it!!  It is where I got my BQ last year and I was so excited to run it again.

I met up with my friend Julia at the buses.  We got to the top around 5:35am.  Perfect!  Quick potty stop and then time to line up.  I did not have time to warm up but that was fine I had 26.2 miles to get a warm up in.  I lined up next to the 3:15 pacer.  Toni was pacing.  I know him and know he has a tendency to go out too fast.  I talked to him about his plan and he said he would even split.  I decided I would plan to stick with him and see how it goes.

Mile 1: 7:40  I was very confused because there was no mat to cross and I didn’t even realize the race had started.  oops!  Started the Garmin about 15 seconds late and then started jogging. Meh whatever it’s a long race and I’ll catch up that time later.  No big deal! 

Mile 2: 6:52, this was dumb but I was working to catch up to my “pacer”!  Saw this mile click and realized I would be pacing my own race. 

Mile 3: 7:03 a little faster than my plan but it feels stupid easy.  Also the 3:30 and 3:25 pacer were way in front of me.  What the heck?  I know it’s just mental but it was bugging me.

Mile 4:  7:12 just grooving along barely breathing.  Met up with the owner of Fleet Feet and we ran together until mile 7.  Nice guy!

Mile 5:  7:18 passed the 3:25 pacer here.

Mile 6:  7:20

Mile 7:  7:14 still grooving along enjoying the scenery and the moment and mentally preparing for the hills.

Mile 8:  7:39 I was definitely feeling the headwind here and very worried about the next 11 miles down the
canyon.  Oh well I wasn’t going to let it get me down.  Effort felt good on the first hill.

Mile 9:  7:45 Hill #2.  Felt incredibly strong going up all of the hills.  I think running up Nebo every weekend really paid huge dividends today.

Mile 10:  7:22 this mile is downhill but it is also where I really noticed the wind.  I met a girl Allison!  She was sweet and had just run Provo marathon in 3:17.  She was going for 3:10 or something so I figured I was safe to hang with her for awhile. 

Mile 11:  7:27  Saw the 3:15 pacer about 100 meters ahead and told Allison we should try to catch up to him (he is tall) and draft for awhile.

Mile 12:  7:58 Not really sure why this mile is so slow?  I was just trying to hang with Allison and Kristie that I ran into.  Kristie almost always beats me in my AG at races so I knew she was a strong runner.  I did not want to pass her and have her pass me back (this has happened too many times!)  We were also chatting up a storm which was a nice distraction from the headwind.  Me and my big mouth!

Mile 13:  7:23 finally realized I was going to have to let Christi and Allison go.  I felt good and they were slowing.  I saw Kelli about .25 mi ahead puking on the side of the road.  Oh no, oh no!!  I was so sad for her.  Passed her at the aid station and tried to encourage her

Half time:  1:37:25

Mile 14:  7:16 Running by myself now and trying to draft off of taller guys whenever I can. I really suck at drafting!  I’m too dang impatient! My Garmin lost Satellite here which was awesome because I hardly looked at it again the entire race.

Mile 15:  7:16 still just cruising down the canyon.  Trying to draft but sucking at it because everyone is slowing and I cannot find anyone that is my pace.

Mile 16:  7:39 Hill + headwind.  Tough mile but I knew once I conquered it it was all smooth sailing.  Goal was to be at 2 hours and I hit 16 at 1:58:22. 

Mile 17:  7:37 Not sure why this mile is so slow. Headwind? Again I wasn’t obsessing about pace and the effort felt right.

Mile 18:  7:15 

Mile 19:  7:06  Cam was planning to meet me at mile 20 and I was in shock that I was already that far.  I started to get excited. 

Mile 20:  7:22  Yay there is Cam!  We talked and caught up for a minute.  He was an AWESOME pacer!  I cannot thank him enough.  He told me to only talk if I wanted to and that he would talk if I wanted him to.  He had Gu and a salt tab ready for me.  Awesome!

Mile 21:  6:59  I see my parents and my sister cheering!!  Adrenaline is pumping.  Yay, yay, yay!  My sister joins me and Cam on the bike with my hydration pack and plenty of Gatorade.  Random side story:  My sister is pregnant and my hydration pack wouldn’t fit around her waist so she was wearing it above her belly and right below her boobs.  Holy hilarious!  I was dying laughing.

Mile 22:  7:04 me and my personal team are cruising along.  Cam on my right, Sister on the bike on my left.  Just enjoying the moment. 

Mile 23:  7:12  🙂  It hurts but whatever I’m almost done.  This is freaking fun!  My sister passed me Gatorade whenever I want it and Cam grabbed me water at all of the aid stations to drink and dump on my head.  I think this is where I saw Smooth and that was a huge mental boost!

Mile 24:  7:23 Last hill is finished!! I felt strong running up the hill and was passing marathoners, half marathoners, who even knows.  I was passing a lot of people and that felt good!  There was a guy I was eyeing in front of me and a girl about .25 mi ahead of him I could tell was a marathon.

Mile 25:  7:05 caught the guy and just kept on cruising.  Big ole smile on my face.  Cam and my sister Amber cheering for me the entire time.

Mile 26:  6:58 Tried to stop to get water and Cam threw the smack down (thanks so much Cam!)  “Water is not going to do you any good at this point you only have 1 mile to go” Push it, push it, push it!  Passed the girl we had been chasing down and then Amber and Cam both left me on my own to finish.

Kick:  6:27 I see Josse and she is cheering and runs with me for a second.  She tells me to calm my breathing.  Thanks Josse!  I honestly think I was just so excited I could not control anything!  I look up at the clock and see 3:15?  That is weird I know I am faster.  oh well just run hard.  Stop my garmin and see 3:12!!!!  WHAT?  So so very happy!

After Math:  I still have things I need to work on and room for improvement.  I am incapable of drinking from a paper cup while running and that slows me down when I have to stop to drink and then get going again.  I also need to learn to draft, and learn to not let it get in my head when slower pacers are in front of me.  I am smart, I do not need a pacer, I can run my own race!  That said I am beyond thrilled with the way I ran today.  This is my first time ever negative splitting a marathon and it feels so good.  I felt strong the entire time and am excited to see what my future holds.  Even now as I sit here icing my sore calf’s I can’t help but smile. 🙂  Today’s race was a great reminder of why I train hard and why I love running!

I placed 1st in my age group so my parents were kind enough to wait around with me until the awards ceremony.  Major congratulations to everyone that raced today. 

Quick Nutrition Note:  I took in 100 grams carbs/roughly400 calories before the race.  1 salt tab before the start and 2 during the race at 90 minutes and then again at mile 21.  I drank an almost full cup of Gatorade at every aid station except the first, and took 3 gels at miles 9, 15, and 21.  I feel like nutritionally I was right on point today.
So there you have it and Congratulations if you made it through the full report.  I set a 10 minute marathon PR Saturday and a 19+ minute course PR as compared to UV marathon last year.  Beyond the numbers and most importantly I reached my three goals and I had so much fun doing it.  Call me crazy but I can truly say I loved every single step and it was one of those rare races that you never want to end because it is just so magical!

Our bodies are truly amazing and I never want to forget this incredible experience.  Above all else this race helped me to realize that there truly is no limitations on my abilities as long as I continue to believe in myself.  Set a goal, reach it, set the bar higher, and keep on reaching for the stars.  There is no ceiling!  Two years ago I would have laughed in your face if you told me I would become a marathoner.  I hadn’t ever even ran a 5k for goodness sakes!  

I would not be nearly the person or runner I am today without my amazing, amazing support system.  I am so grateful to my amazing friends and family that continue to support and encourage me through all the highs and lows.  I am one very lucky girl!  Running is the easy part, but coming out week after week to support me and chase me around is true dedication!