Let’s talk about the race! We started the morning at 4:30 am, got dressed really quickly, grabbed some breakfast (yogurt for me) and drove a few blocks to the race start. Yes, we drove .5 miles to go run 13 miles.
Utah weather is beyond unpredictable and it was pretty cold outside…luckily I brought two extra sweatshirts and sweatpants. We had to wait in line for the busses for about 30 minutes but even though Billy was cold and tired of waiting, he was still smiling.
Once we got up the canyon (it was a point to point 1/2 marathon which is always my favorite) we hung out, waited in line for the bathrooms and cheered on the marathoners, they started at 7 and the 1/2 started at 7:15. There were only 247 marathoners and 1,100 1/2 marathoners.
Then it was our time to go! i don’t even know what to say about this picture, I just feel bad Billy had to deal with a girl high on running for a hundred minutes straight.
The race course was identical to a training run that Billy, my BIL and I did a few months ago here! The first 2 miles are a STEEP downhill. It is easy to go out way too fast on this course and trash your quads early on so we made sure to hold ourselves back. Actually I made sure to hold myself back….this race was just a training run for Billy, this was his easy pace;)
Once we got out of that smaller canyon we came out into Provo Canyon which is my absolute favorite place in the world to run. I made sure to keep Billy really entertained the whole race as you can tell.
We ran along the trail for about 6 miles. It was cool, overcast and beautiful… perfection!
At mile 6 I really had to use the porta potty. Stupid salad the night before. This was the first time I have ever had to stop for the porta potty during a race, not fun stopping and then having to get back into a groove again.
After the canyon you enter a straightaway for the last 5 miles on our usual Saturday morning running course. The 5k started at 8:30 so towards the end of our race they ZOOMED past us. Talk about motivation when a group of 10 year olds go flying past you.
The last few miles I started getting tired (like wanting to go to sleep tired, I miss taking caffeine before a race) but Billy had prepared a list of jokes to keep me entertained and thinking about other things.
I totally beat Billy by one second muahahaha. 1:39:33. Turns out that after running only 5 miles in the last two weeks that I didn’t lose too much running fitness….if you have to take some time off, don’t worry, running will be there for you when you are back. I am so happy I took off time to let my ankle heal and not try to push through it so I could run pain free again yesterday.
Since the course was right in our area there were a bunch of friends doing it too. The gorgeous Sasha:
and the gorgeous Camille:
Towards the end of the race I was starting to get a little hot but the second I stopped I was freezing and layered on my sweatshirts again.
Award goes to Provo City Marathon for the best post-race food of french toast…it tasted so good.
Jake and Andrea BOTH took 1st place in the 5k. Andrea- 17:08 and Jake- 15:02. They are my heroes.
We watched the marathoner winners come in and the first finishers tied….they are buddies and were just using the marathon as a training run. They ran a 2:27!
Next we went to go meet up with Katie and Brandon to run a mile with them at mile 23. This was their first marathon and they did incredible. They were still happy and hilarious even thought they had already ran 23 miles!
They finished strong and I know Katie wants to do another one…right Katie?!?!
The Utah crew:
The only negative I can think of for me about this race was just waiting for the busses (kind of our fault for coming towards the end of bus loading) but everything else was perfect. It was really well organized, tons of volunteers and the swag bags/shirts/post-race food was awesome!
If Erika LeBlanc is reading this will you write me an email again…I tried to email back but it wouldn’t send:(
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Marathoners and 1/2 marathoners: What mile do you hit the wall at? Have you ever ran a marathon and NOT hit the wall?
Have you ever had to stop at the porta potties during a race?
What was the smallest race that you have ever done? How many people?
How do you keep your hair out of your face during a race? Hat, visor, head band or bobbi pins.
Have you eaten anything super delicious today?