Well, had this one on the radar for a few months now, sure came up fast.
First glance at the elevation chart, your knees begin to ache just thinking about the initial drop for the first few miles.. but like most elevation graphs lately, when the hills rear their ugly head, they are unexpected and you pay for it dearly.
Race gun time was 0645 today, little bit of a chill, but perfect start to a race. Bigger pool of runners than the races we have been running lately. When the clock started, just watching the crowd flood the gate was the kind of stuff you get out of bed for in the morning. What a rush! Hundreds of people with the same exact goal, run the fastest time their body will allow them to run. Around mile 4, I was running by a fellow who called out my name, turns out it was a buddy I went to preschool all the way through high school with, named Bert. Bert ran this race last year and ran a 3:03, but he was hoping to sub 3:00 this year. We chatted a bit, caught up, talked about how horrible the Ogden Marathon was this year, but I told him I was going to start slowing my pace down because I was getting kind of greedy with my average pace. . . but actually I was getting winded from talking ha. He took off, and I didn’t end up seeing him again til about mile 21-22. I never checked, but I’m sure he hit his mark for the day.
Miles 22-25 were horrific. I was fine on air, fine on hydration, but my body was trying to call it quits on me. My legs were tightening up, knees cooling like concrete, and then my brain began attempting to take over and convince me to walk. I was watching my watch tick away minutes faster and faster every single step I took, and my goal time of a sub 3:05 was getting dimmer and dimmer. It wasn’t until about mile 24 that I began to realize the time I seeked before the race started was out of the question, but with an old PR of 3:32, I started to talk to myself and dropped all the woes and sorrows on the side of the road and picked the pace up to finish strong.
Running through the finishing gates was exciting, having set a new PR, a PR that years ago I never would have thought I’d be able to run what I did today, was enough to put a smile on my face. I was pretty pissed off for a bit while I waited for Lacey to cross, knowing I was SO close to getting my BQ time, but when I saw Lacey cross @ 3:27 and achieving her goal and getting her BQ time, I was overcome with joy and happiness, knowing how thrilled she must be with her progress and accomplishing a goal that months ago was a wish, and today became reality.
I’ll find that BQ someday soon. But until then, I’ll enjoy the moment and remember my personal journey and how hard I have worked for moments like this.
Finish time: 3:09:46