Date: March 28, 2015
Distance: 13.1 miles
Pace: 00:07:49 per mile
Overall Place: 20
Age Division Place: 6
This race went surprisingly well for me. I didn’t have high expectations going into it. I wasn’t even really considering this to be a race I would “race”. I’ve been pretty tired from my training lately and I did hill repeats on my bike on Thursday that left my legs feeling dead so I wasn’t expecting my legs to feel fresh and strong. I was happily surprised that they felt pretty dang good and what started out with what I intended to be a training run turned out to be more of a race pace effort than I thought it would be.
The race is the exact same as the first half of the Ogden Marathon. It starts with about 4 miles of downhill, flattens out for several miles and ends with several miles of rollers. I wore a watch but rarely looked at it and mostly ran by effort. I checked my heart rate randomly and glanced a few times when it beeped my mile splits. When I saw that my legs were feeling good I made sure I was pushing at an effort that was difficult but sustainable. I really worked on staying mentally focused and relaxed. The last 5k I tried to really turn on the mental side of racing and worked through the fatigue I was starting to feel. I worked hard for those last three miles and I am really proud of my effort. It’s hard to race when you’re not feeling “it” and I’m glad I could switch gears and prove to myself that I can push. I ran this race 2 years ago on a slightly different, not as fast course and I ran it 2 min faster. Different time, different experience, different circumstances. That was then, this is now. I’m not as fast as I was 2 years ago but I’m getting a little speed back and am loving this experience of coming back after an injury, taking the ups and downs as they come and making sure I take the time to take it all in and enjoy the ride.
After the race the three of us started a cool down with but Amber didn’t need as many miles as Josse and I so she turned back and we finished off with 7 miles after the race. We were both grateful for the company.
I had so much fun with these girls and I’m glad we got to spend the weekend together!