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Jul 25, 2005



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • 5/20 - beat the bridge 8k
  • 5/26 - magnuson series memorial day 5k
  • 6/16 - magnuson series seattle solstice 5k 
  • SUMMER - CNW all comers T&F series 
  • 7/4 - magnuson series summer spirit run 5k
  • 8/18 - magnuson series summer fitness day 10k
  • 9/30 - bellingham bay half marathon 
  • 10/13 - escalante canyons marathon
  • 11/25 - seattle half marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

qualify for the 2020 olympic marathon trials in ATL (sub-2:45

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Freedom Cut Me Loose Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Bubonic Plague Lifetime Miles: 365.00
Orange Splats Lifetime Miles: 219.00
Race: Salt Lake City Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:04:04, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

OK, FINALLY race report time.

splits: 6:32, 6:40, 6:41, 6:37, 6:55, 7:10 (this was my downfall), 7:14, 7:07, 7:25, 6:59, 7:00, 7:08, 7:14 (half -1:31:XX), 6:58, 6:44, 6:56, 7:02, 6:55, 6:58, 7:04, 7:12, 7:01, 7:05, and 23:18 for the last 3.2 - i stopped getting splits - too much effort :)

split assessment: as you can see, i fell off pace (6:40) after mile 5, never to recover. for some reason i got trapped in a 7:00-7:15 gear. at first i was OK with it.  i purposefully slowed down a bit after coming out of the park because i was worried i had gone out too hard. i backed off for a few miles and then when i tried to get back into 6:40 gear, i could not. i averaged 7:01 for the race. the pace and my final time are my biggest frustrations right now. i was going for a 2:55, but seeing as i crossed the half at 1:31, i really didn't give myself a chance for that. i was worried about my shin, and just burning out in general...but if i would have stayed at 6:40 pace i think i could have held on enough at the end to pull off a faster time. learning!

so now for the actual race:

to start off, i am very lucky. shin pain was pretty bad yesterday morning morning. in fact, i was seriously questioning if i should take the risk and try and run through the pain. but honestly, nothing was going to keep me out of that race, so i decided to go for it and see what would happen. 

starting line: every part of me felt ready to run, minus the shin. i felt a dull pain with each left footfall for the first half mile or so, then i got distracted trying to figure out my placing in the race, and it went away altogether, never to return for the rest of the race. like i said, i am very lucky. either i found a way to numb myself to the pain, or my shin just decided to cooperate for me. i was half planning to cross the finish line with a fractured tibia, so i am very happy that everything held together. 

there was a problem with figuring out my position in the race - the full and half marathoners are running along the same route. i see many, many females ahead of me. FULL OR HALF? i don't know, i can't see their bibs. so i will just have to wait until the split to asses. the first split comes when the marathoners take a little detour through sugar house park. i see the half marathoners coming the opposite direction. mary ann is in first and is looking strong. (aside: another SOLID performance by mary ann. congrats to her!) ok, so we go through sugar house park and i count four women in front of me. but some could have already left the park so there is no guarantee that i am actually in fifth. a good estimate though, so i feel better. we merge back onto the course with the half...confusion again. the final split takes the half to the right and the full to the left. almost took a wrong turn here. the sign was huge. with giant arrows.but somehow i found myself confused. ?!?

i reach the half in 1:31:08. dang. if there is any chance for my 2:55, it is going to have to be a huge negative split. i do speed up after the halfway point, however, and i hold that speed for the rest of the race (well, mile 25.5). now i am going 6:58 - 7:05s. the stretch along van winkle seemed extra long this year, but it was when i was feeling my strongest so it wasn't too harsh. at one point along van winkle i passed a guy wearing white cutoff jean shorts and no shirt. that is quite the marathon outfit. he was moving at a good speed though, so i guess it works for him.

i was still feeling strong through mile 20, hitting the mile marker at 2:19:28. so all i have to do is close with a 40:30 10K and i can still break three hours (2:55 is lost at this point). i was feeling strong, and thought maybe i could do it. but why would i think that? i can't even run a 40:00 10K in a 10K, so why in a marathon? i don't know i was just hoping for the best at this point.

at one point between miles 21 and 22, i pass blonde lady, who seems to be cramping up. so now i think...ok, i am in 4th? i don't know, because people along the course have told me 6th, 5th and 4th. who is right?!?! guess i will find out at the finish line.

i head into liberty park, still feeling OK (not great, but my pace hasn't faltered). at this point there are marathoners, half marathoners and 5K runners (cooling down) all over the park. more confusion. mile 23 comes at the exit of the park. 5K to go. i think i have enough left, and still no trouble with my shin, although i am feeling my quads start to tighten up. the stretch along state street was brutal. i kept my pace, but i was sure digging deep. it seemed to go on forever and ever.

then, a bit of a mental break. i think it was somewhere close to mile 24 that i saw one of the funniest things i have ever seen in a race. all along the course there were different bands playing their tunes for the runners. it was fun to hear all the different styles of music throughout the race...jazz, bluegrass, classic rock, drums, etc. but mile 24 was just funny. it was one lady, dressed in black, playing a flute. flute!!?!? she was a talented musician and her flute-playing was very nice, but honestly, this is one of the most grueling miles of the race and our motivational music was one little flute. OK, it's really not that funny, but i was laughing so hard inside. maybe it was just my way of taking my mind of the race and my tightening legs.

mile 25 - quads are getting tighter, my head is getting fuzzy, and my pace is going sour. i think i  slowed to about 8:00 for maybe 600 to 800M, then i caught up to this crazy shirtless beanie boy who had passed me at mile 21. at the time he was moving at about 6:40 pace, high-fiving spectators, thanking all the policeman, shouting to other runners. he was quite enthusiastic. but when i caught up to him he was not doing well at all. he said he was completely drained; had nothing left. i told him i felt the same, and we decided to push each other or neither of us would have a strong finish. he sped up and i drafted. then we ran even for a bit, then he drafted. we caught a guy who was all cramped up and had slowed to a walk. beanie boy hollered at him to get moving, and told him to run with us. so the three of us ran together toward the union pacific building...we are so close! cramped man keeps grunting, sighing, growling, etc. he is really hurting. beanie boy keeps shouting crazy things like "i'm going to boston baby" and "keep moving, don't give up" he was quite loud, and i think the shouting was mostly for him, but it helped keep all three of us moving.

we hit the turn and that is when i see james. he runs with me for a bit. i ask him how his race went. he tells me to concentrate. i tell him i want to take my mind of everything that is going on, and that he should talk to me...about anything at this point, i don't care! so he does. then he tells me to take the corner and its only 200M. then he splits to the sidewalk so i could run through the finishing chute. 

 i crossed the line in 3:04:04. disappointed at the time, but very happy with my overall race. i felt strong all the way to 25.5, my shin and my leg were in one piece and not hurting at all, and i wasn't feeling extremely sore or queasy. i also thought i had taken 4th. my family said i was 5th or 6th. !!! they are funny. they were trying to count all the females, but since there was an over-abundance of half marathoners, i think they lost track somewhere.

so, i can look at this race in two ways:

1 (the bad): i didn't get my 2:55, and it wasn't a PR performance. i took 4th when i was going for 3rd. i finished at a 7:01 average pace when i was planning on 6:40. pathetic.

2 (the good): i feel good about my overall performance, my shin miraculously felt fine, i closed the race stronger than i had expected, and i felt like i ran a solid race; i just shouldn't have slowed to a 7:00 pace because it made it almost impossible for me to break that pace. if i just would have stuck with 6:40s i think i could have kept that pace much easier than slowing down and then trying to speed up again.

obviously, i can't expect every race to be a PR, but it is a little disappointing to set a goal and not reach it. ogden is in 4 weeks. hopefully i can recover quickly and be ready. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Burt on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 11:09:12 from

Can't wait to hear the remainder of your report. (And for half of the day yesterday, the FRB website wasn't even working.)

From kelsey on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 11:38:57 from

Looking forward to hearing what you have to say. But regardless you ran another impressive marathon!

From Kelli on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 11:44:09 from

AH, man! I have been waiting for this report. I was looking online and in the paper and just hoping that Allie Scott was YOU! You did awesome!!!! I will check back to hear the good and the bad later.

From Marion on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 11:46:51 from

Way to go Allie! You are just plain AMAZING! The blog was down yesterday and that was a bugger! I am SO happy for you. Your time is so stinkin' cool!

From Bonnie on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 14:23:25 from

I was so mad yesterday - I kept checking the site to see the results, they took forever to get them up! Then, I finally saw the write-up in the SLC Tribune and they said the first SLC female ran 3:15!! I was very worried about you. Then the results came up and I saw your time and I was relieved!

I can't wait to hear about how it went ...

Congratulations - you were in the $$ weren't you?

From JulieC on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 14:31:01 from

I finally got to look up your results up on someone's laptop at work last night at 3am. I told everyone there what an awesome runner you are. They too were actually proud of you!! So awesome. SLC marathon is harder than Ogden and TOU isn't it? You ran well. Can't wait to hear the rest of the story. Fourth is awesome. And by the way where was the number 2 runner from exactly? You had some long distance competition. Wow, is all I can say now!!!!!

From josse on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 16:53:01 from

I think you should be very proud of yourself. You ran strong! I am glad your shin didn't give you any troubles, I knew it wouldn't. For some reason our bodies do this right before a big race. Crazy. Great job!

From Amber on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 16:53:40 from

Congratulations on your run Allie!!! You did amazing and it's so fun to read about how the race went for you. Thank goodness your shin held up! I checked the FRB a hundred times yesterday w/ no luck cause I was so anxious to hear how you did. 4th place is great, everyday is a new day and a new race, and you pulled through and accomplished something amazing, something most people will never be able to do in a life time! I'm proud of you! You'll do great at Ogden too, I'm running it so hopefully I can meet the one and only 'Allie' as you get your award in Ogden :) Hope you get your money! It should be more than that! I was laughing at hearing about the flutist (no offense if you;re reading this flutist), , , that's kinda hilarious for motivation, maybe it was a joke so you'd forget about any pain you were experiencing!

Anyway, Great Job! You're a true inspiration and have amazing determination and such great ambition!!!!!!!!!!

From Kelli on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 16:59:29 from

WOWSA! That is quite the report. You are a super amazing runner and you did the best for the day. I think that is all we can ever hope for. We all look at things after and wish we had done this thing or that thing differently, but we just do out best and keep plugging along!


I really wondered what it was like for people running the marathon when they caught back up to the half marathoners. At the point you caught up with them, there are probably a tone of walkers and people running for fun. I bet it is a pain to try to maneuver around them. They need to have a way to make all of us halfers move to the right. I KNOW we all did when they wheelchair marathoners came flying by (and the sirens). That must have slowed you guys down some.

I love the way you were able to run with the two guys at the end. It always helps to have people with you. It is cool that people are willing to help each other out in a race.

And, lastly, the guy with the cut-off Levi shorts---I saw him around mile 4 or 5. He was pretty darn fast. They also featured him in the SL Tribune. He runs every sinlgle marathon, no matter what the weather, in those cut offs and no shirt. That does not seem comfortable at all!

From Fritz on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 17:21:07 from

Even despite the shin issues it looks like you had a good race. From what I can tell your pace didn't fade much at the end, which is always a good sign (doesn't your Garmin have an Auto Lap function?). I also expected a slightly faster time but I still think this will be great prep for Ogden. No matter what anyone else says I am convinced Ogden is faster so I can only you will meet your time goal.

From james on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 17:22:19 from

Yeah I saw that the Tribune claimed someone else was the top local also. I may have to write to them...ok I won't have to.

This race just goes to show what a great marathoner you are. When you get used to the mileage, your times are going to plummet (in a good way)!

From allie on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 19:52:28 from

everyone: i appreciate your comments! i can't believe anyone actually reads it...sorry i am long-winded when it comes to races :)

james - the reporting was wrong in both the tribune and the deseret news about the "top local finisher" but don't worry, you won't have to write them because my grandma already took care of that. haha.

fritz: i agree, i think ogden is faster. at least i always FEEL faster there. and no, i don't have an auto-lap function - it's a cheap watch.

julie - the second place runner was from poland, first place was from russia...definitely long-distance competition.

From Bill Mandler on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 19:54:27 from


First of all congrats on a good race. The Salt Lake course is not one of my favorites because it is harder than many other ones.

As far as the awards ceremony.....there WASN'T ONE. I hung around until finally at 1:15 they told us we may as well leave because they had a computer problem and still did not have correct results.......They will mail your award to you so you don't have to worry!

From Burt on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 20:14:02 from

Love reading your reports. Don't worry about lengthiness. (unless you're slow, like me, and you write long race reports, like me. No one wants that.)

From rattletrap on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 20:18:31 from

Your race reports are awesome and your racing is even better. I hope you get your $$ :)

From scotthughes on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 20:24:15 from

Great race even if it didn't go as planned! I understand that one big time. I cramped for 11 miles and fell way off my goal. Beany man was funny. I ran with him the first few miles and was amazed at his running shorts...LOL

Good luck in Ogden! That is the race I really want to have success. Ogden has become my redemption race, lets hope for perfect conditions.

From jun on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 21:40:19 from

I'm so relieved your shin held up. We were both worried just Wednesday of last week.

As always, you never fail to impress. I'm blown away by your determination and fully appreciate the detailed race report.


From RivertonPaul on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 22:05:41 from

Once again, great job.

From Mary Ann Schauerhame on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 23:58:59 from

Allie, you are such a tough runner! I couldn't believe how fast you kicked it in at the finish after so many miles! I was afraid to encourage you marathoners to kick for fear your legs would just snap in half! I have no idea how you guys run so far so fast! Then you didn't even seem tired a minute after the race, just walking normal with bounce in your stride. You ran a great time and placed very well!

Your entries are so positive and hilarious! It looks like more and more people are making longer race entries! I think it's great! Forget journal writing! J.K. Your grandkids can just read your fastrunningblog entries someday!

From cgbooth23 on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 13:16:23 from

great job, you will win Ogden, better course, alot of good scenery to take your mind off the pain, see you there!

From Bec on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 22:43:21 from


Great job on Saturday. I have been anxious to see how well you would do. Excellent work. You are a role model of good racing.

From jtshad on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 14:45:09 from

Congrats on a strong run and 4th place finish.

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