thursday- half marathon
I hope everyone is recovering nicely from their turkey comas. We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving with family. I’ll write more about it on Monday. Until then, I want to share my review of the Thankful 13 race I ran while the memories are fresh.
The race didn’t start till 8am(perfect when it’s chilly) so I didn’t get up till 7am. I love when I don’t feel like I have to get up in the middle of the night for a race. I got up and immediately went and at breakfast. During my 10 mile training run I realized I perform a lot better if I give myself an entire hour before I race to digest. I ate half a banana and half a Kidz Zone chocolate chip bar. I can’t eat a whole lot right when I wake up, so I just made myself eat what I could with some water.
all ready in my lucky purple jacket
I got to the start of the race about 7:45am and realized that this year a lot more people signed up. The streets were filled with cars which I thought was exciting. There was music, a DJ, and pacers9someone that holds a sign indicating what pace they will be running i.e. I sign saying 2 hours, 1:50, and so on) so you know where to start. The race started right on time after the National Guard sang the National Anthem.
I felt really good starting out, turned my music on and just ran what felt good. Around mile 3 there was a huge crowd of people so I was trying to get around them without pushing my pace too much and popped out the other end with 2 other guys.
My competitive side said I had to keep up with them so I did. I just kept telling myself that I was NOT going to be the one to let up the pace and surprisingly it felt alright. I knew I was pushing it, but I felt like I could push it for 5 more miles till mile 8.
By mile 8 I was done and needing some fuel( I skipped the water station at mile 6, but walked through the one at mile 4 and had Gatorade) but there was no station. Luckily, I about mile 9 there was water, Gatorade, and Gu. I walked through, drank the entire cup of Gatorade, and took a couple bites of the Gu and held onto the rest of it. Walking through the aid stations was key. I could get all the fuel I needed and felt rested enough to keep up the pace I was pushing.
I started running again and kept telling myself I can do this for 2 more miles. Then at mile 10 I said the same thing, K just 2 more miles. I made it to mile 11 and then just hit a wall. I felt so fatigued and like my calves were cramping. I knew if I walked I wouldn’t be able to keep the pace.
Mile 12 I just could not keep it up. I felt so defeated. I had been in front of the 1:50 pacers but then I hit a hill. I killed my spirits and I walked. They guy that had stuck with me kept going, and I did a walk/run till the finish. My official time was 1:50:30 a PR of 2 minutes! I originally thought I had come in at 1:49(my Garmin was off) so I have yet to break the 1:50’s. I’m so happy I still beat my time. I needed that confidence boost. This course is not like regular UT downhill courses. It’s flat with about 5 hills that are killer, including one right before the finish line. It’s a beautiful course though and the weather could not have been more perfect.
After the race I took Meb’s advice(found on HRG’s blog at the bottom) and stretched, ate protein right after, and wore my compression socks all day(I skipped the ice bath).
great scenery(you run along the Jordan River Trail most of the race)
amazing volunteer support
aid stations were adequately supplied
the after party was so great. They had pumpkin pie, awards, cocoa, drinks, oranges, and bananas
The medal is huge and so shiny(as J put it)
mostly flat race
as you run they put a sign up every 50ft or so of things the participants are thankful for(they ask you to send them in previous to race day)
Cons of the race
the finish being right after a hill
that’s really all I got….I’ll be back again next year!