Someday I will finish reminiscing about Disneyland.
Today I shall discuss my 5th marathon!
I went into St. George saying I had no real set goals.
I didn't feel like I had done my best training.
However, I have been feeling really good ever since
I have been able to get my thyroid levels back in normal range.
So, I had to have some sort of goal.
I actually had about 3 different ones.
- Finish under 4 hours.
- If I felt good, go under 3:50
- If I felt super dang awesome, beat my PR of 3:44
My race strategy really wasn't much of a strategy.
Take it sorta easy on the first half,
so that I can run the 2nd half faster and end feeling strong-ish.
I don't have any pictures from before or during the race yet,
so I will try to keep it short here.
The stars all aligned for me at this race.
The weather was great.
I slept for 5.5 hours the night before.
(pretty good, for me!)
I stuck with my "strategy".
I felt awesome pretty much the whole time.
Never hit a wall, except a bit around mile 24-
but that was when the spectators were out cheering
so I couldn't disappoint them all by walking, right? ;)
(big shout out to the cute girls handing out popsicles at mile 24- just what I needed!)
I did a good job fueling at the right times.
All things worked out.
My 5th marathon was conquered!
Conquered much better than I expected, too!
Oh yes, that's a 7 minute PR!
I was amazed and so happy.
I had dreams of getting under 3:40 at some point in my life,
but didn't even consider it a possibility for any race anytime soon.
So yeah, I'm proud of how I raced this marathon.
I called the husband almost immediately after-
I may have shed tears for the first time ever after a race.
(for myself, at least- I always cry watching others cross the finish line)
No, I did not run in flip-flops.
(I always put flip-flops in my drop bag so I can get my running shoes off ASAP)
I really, really loved this race!
It has some good uphill, lots of downhill, amazing aid stations,
is incredibly well organized and the finisher's medal is beautiful!
Also, the post-race refreshments are wonderful.
AND I was recognized by a blog reader for the first time!
I stalk her blog, too and knew she was running this race
but I am terrible at recognizing people.
Here I am with the cutest Jessica from Journey to the Land of Skinny!
I am so, so happy that she came up and said hi!
She did amazing and got her PR!
See- everything just came together to make this a fabulous day for me.
Thank you, St. George marathon!
I will see you next year!
I had a revelation as I stood at the start line when the gun went off.
(not a spectacular revelation- just one that had never occurred to me before)
I had to use the bathroom again (that wasn't the revelation).
I thought I would run as far as I could and go when I couldn't wait anymore.
I looked over at the port-o-potties and watched all the runners
hurrying to the corrals because the race had started.
I waited for a minute or 2...
and then went to the bathroom when there was a line of one person.
It was perfect.
Plus, I didn't add any extra minutes to my race time.
Why have I never done this before??