Des News Marathon 2017

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Member Since:

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

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 55.50 Year: 463.50
TypeA8 Test Lifetime Miles: 170.00
Kinvara Test Lifetime Miles: 292.00
K9 Test Purpleberry Lifetime Miles: 287.00
Haunted Phoenix Lifetime Miles: 269.00
K9 Test Arctic Blueberry Lifetime Miles: 250.70
K9 Test Pinkerton Lifetime Miles: 244.00
Freedom Cut Me Loose Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Bubonic Plague Lifetime Miles: 365.00
Orange Splats Lifetime Miles: 219.00
Race: Des News Marathon 2017 (26.219 Miles) 03:06:11, Place overall: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

marathon #31 / des news #9

this was my first marathon since TOU 2014 --it's been awhile.

i'm happy with the outcome, as my ultimate goal was to finish [still alive] [still running] and [feeling reasonably strong]. i started out extremely conservatively in hopes of preventing a blow up. maybe i took it too easy over some of those early miles, but i think in doing so i gave myself the best chance of finishing the way i did. i really had no idea how i would respond to the downhill/altitude mix, and i kept telling myself that too slow would very likely produce a better result than too fast. it's always a weird balance with this race, and i was not adequately prepared for anything risky. :)

i became aware of my position (3rd) at the out and back portion, and both women had a good lead on me. i had been running low to mid-7:00 miles up to that point, and that's when i decided i should speed it up a bit to see if i could catch one or both of them. i've seen so many blow ups in this race, from both myself and others, so i knew that if i stayed patient there was a chance i could move up.

i was on the hunt from miles 10-20 -- i was slowly gaining on second place all along wasatch and foothill, and i finally caught and passed her between 20 and 21. first place (tara lewis) was about 5-6 min ahead. i think i might have cut that down a bit on foothill, but i was never really close to catching her. she stayed strong and finished in 3:00.

i'm glad i did this. i haven't felt like myself (as a runner) for a loooong time, and today i felt like i at least somewhat reconnected with the part of me that is actually motivated to race and push myself through a marathon. i may never get back to running the kind of times i used to, but today's little stab felt good and i want to keep trying. i took the advice that sasha gave me the other day -- that i should find some sort of fulfillment in the race regardless of the outcome. i think it went about as well as i could have hoped/expected, and i enjoyed myself the entire time. it was a nice ending to our very long utah vacation. i'm so happy that i got to see so many old friends, spend adequate time with my family, and have a bunch of really cool mountain adventures. i miss this place a lot, but i leave feeling content that i got everything i could out of the past three weeks.

thanks to amiee, devra, and tee for the bike cheers and encouragement today. thanks to james for the traffic control (he stood in front of TRAX for me lol lol). and thanks to andrea and jake (y'all know them!) for being our main mountain guides, running partners, adventure enthusiasts, waterslide friends, and house hosts.

at the airport now. SLC -->ATL


K9 Test Arctic Blueberry Miles: 26.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From emruns on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 15:35:03 from

I am soooo happy for you. I'm glad that you ran and had a positive experience. I wanted to stay to watch you finish, but I had to get home ASAP. Teren had to get to work. L3 doesn't care about the pioneers.

Come back soon! Utah's just not the same without you! Especially the running community.

From Jon on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 15:38:01 from

Good job! Was it nice running in non-humid weather?

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 17:33:07 from

Non-humid? It was, like 20% today Jon!

From Tom K on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 17:54:32 from

Great race and report! Welcome back to the marathon!

From JD on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 20:18:58 from

nice job today allie!

From Dan on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 20:22:16 from

Great Report and Bravo! Thanks for the motivation!

From Russ on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 22:25:46 from

Great job allie! And to rock a 3:06 and 2nd place in a John Stockton retro Mountain jersey and a pioneer bonnet is amazing to say the least. You are a rock star! I'm really happy for you that you had such a great race.

From Rob on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 08:19:30 from

Congrats allie, I was pretty excited to see that you had come back to run your race. I loved the outfit, that's about as Utah as it gets.

From Burt on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 15:43:34 from

I'm really happy for you.

From Bret on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 16:24:37 from

Great job Allie. It seems that you were very thoughtful and strategic in your race plan - and then executed really well with a nice and satisfying result. Always feels great to have both enjoyed the experience, suffer a bit, and felt a sense of excitement and accomplishment in this sport in the end. Good to see you as well at the finish in your bonnet. :)

From CollinAnderson on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 23:20:41 from

Nice race! You guys are out of here already? Bummed I didn't get in a run with the two of you! I'll let you know when I make to Atl!

From Toby on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 08:25:14 from

YES!!!! Double pump fist!!! Way to conquer Allie! That first race back after a break is hard--mentally and physically! Nicely done!

From Nancy on Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 10:16:58 from

Congratulations on a great race. I love reading your race reports.

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Aug 01, 2017 at 13:37:13 from

Does being originally from Utah count as Utah resident for prize money?

In any case, congratulations on a strong marathon and being able to overcome the negative pre-race feelings. You can from now on use this as a pattern for the future.

From allie on Tue, Aug 01, 2017 at 15:08:57 from

sasha - i'm not sure on the prize money. back in 2011, james asked for clarification since he couldn't claim he was from utah. bob said that anyone who had graduated from a utah university or had a UT driver's license was eligible. i'm not sure if he still goes by that criteria. i was aware of the residents only rule going into the race, so i'm not counting on any money. if he says i'm eligible, it will be a nice bonus. :)

all - thanks for the kind words. it was fun to run it again.

From Nan on Thu, Aug 03, 2017 at 19:09:18 from

I'm super snail-paced at commenting but I just want you to know that it was lovely to run with you while you were here...AND the picture of you in the Stockton uniform made me cry tears of joy because Stockton was my childhood hero and you are my adult-life hero, so its fitting.

I was, in fact planning to marry John Stockton...until I found out he was already married. Sad day.

Anyway, good job racing tough and fighting to the finish!

From Smooth on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 23:19:48 from

A super belated congratz to my favorite running super star! allie!!!!! Awesomest race and performance! By far the coolest funnest utah pioneer race outfit! so happy i got to see you at hobbler!

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