Annnndd now the Internet isn’t working at my own house so I’m blogging from my phone. One of these days it will all go back to normal.
Recap time! Friday night I went down to my parents’ because they live quite a bit closer to the race than I do. My mom was sweet enough to pick up my race packet (which was basically the shirt and bib number. Not even safety pins!) and then she offered to drive me in the morning. So I woke up at 3:50 am, ate my usual toast with a fried egg pre-race breakfast, and she drove me to the buses.
We drove up the canyon and when we got there I wished I hadn’t sat so close to the front so I could stay on the bus longer. It was sooo cold! We could see our breath so it was easily in the 30s. So cold. I had a jacket on but I knew I would have to take it off before the race started because I knew I would last long with it in after I started running. But it was so pretty!
The race finally started and I was off! I was hitting about an 8:30 min/mile and I was feeling good. However, I couldn’t get my headphones to connect to my phone (Bluetooth…but this was the first time anything like this has happened) so I ran the whole race with no music, no podcasts, nada! And you know what? I loved it! It’s totally different when there are tons of runners around you than running by yourself with no music.
Then came the aid station at mile 5. I decided I needed to stop for a bathroom break if I was going to make it through the race (#runnerproblems) so I did. There was one…ONE porta potty. One! But it was necessary so I waited in line. By the time I was done I had lost about 5 minutes!!! I was concerned and wanted to catch up with the people I had been with so I started to book it. I hit 7:30 min/mile for the next 3 miles before I slowed down a little.
At mile 9 the constant downhill was starting to wear on me. It felt like my quads were slamming into the pavement and it was far from comfortable. I also got a killer side ache that eventually just went away.
Around mile 11.5 we came out of the canyon and headed down the neighborhoods that would lead us to the end. I had to really coax myself to not slow down too much and keep going. I was so close yet it felt so far! I finally caught up with the 1:55 pacers at mile 12 as heard them say they were a couple minutes ahead of time (totally obvious. I knew I was running faster than that and it took me 8 miles to catch up to them) but it gave me hope for a good time! I knew at that point I would PR (previous PR was 1:57) but I wanted to do as well as possible.
At mile 12.8 I was running next to a girl and we came around a corner and we could see the finish. She looked and me and said “ready?!” I nodded and said “let’s do it!” So we started to race. Unfortunately for her, she didn’t know I can finish fast and I easily passed her. Right then I saw my family, but I kept my eye on the finish and hurried to beat the clock.
My legs hurt so bad but I knew I’d done well and was so happy with my time. I grabbed some Gatorade, some water and a banana while I waited for my time card. Once I got it, I picked up my extra medal for getting a PR and went to meet my family.
Here are my splits:
We left and I have now been so incredibly sore for two and a half days but also so happy. It’s a good hurt 🙂 I’m happy with my performance because I really do feel like I did my best. (Also I’m really not that fast but you can’t help it when you’re going straight down a canyon. Gravity is quite the force!).
It was so fun to do this race and try out the course since my marathon also includes this same canyon. I now have 3 months to prepare for that. Here goes nothing!
What was the last race you did?
When is your next race?
I need recommendations for marathon training plans. Help!!