Well, I did it. I ran the SLC 1/2 Marathon and I survived!! I've been having some stomach issues for the past couple of weeks so I was a little worried about how I was going to do during the race. The morning of the race was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky and a temperature of about 50 degrees for the start of the race at 7 am. There were so many people there, just seeing all of the other runners, in all shapes and sizes just got me really excited to start racing.
I felt really good for most of the race, had to stop for a potty break around mile 8, so I lost a couple of minutes there. But I kept a steady pace throughout the whole race until about mile 11.5 when my hip started hurting and I started running up a gradual incline. Seriously? Who puts a hill during the last couple miles of a long race?? It was not fun, and as I neared the top, I seriously felt like I was going to lose the energy gel I had just consumed. Put I pushed through, and was able to sprint (or at least attempt to) the last few hundred yards. I really wanted to beat my time from Surf City... And I did, by about 2 minutes!
So I learned my lesson. Even though sometimes I might lack motivation, if I have my heart and mind set on something, I know I can accomplish it. Now, I think I might be going crazy, but I'm setting my mind up for running a full marathon this summer! I'll keep you posted.
2 days ago