another great wintry race. actually, i was expecting it to be a lot
more snowy/wet/cold. we were lucky the snow held off for the most part
and the roads were clear. but the arctic wind after mile 9 made up for
it. it was strong enough that it was literally blowing me off balance
mid-stride. it ended up costing me a possible PR, but overall i was
pleased with how the race went today.
picked up james in the wee
hours of the morning. drove through lots of wet, slushy, blowing snow,
so i was prepared for the worst. then we got to ogden and it was clear
and the roads seemed dry. super-long wait on a sauna-like bus...but it
was good to be overly warm because once we were dropped off i was
frozen again within 1 minute. of course i picked the ridiculously slow
porta-potty line. seriously, it was like 3 to 1. they announced "5
min. to start" while i was still in line. but i made it in and out
quickly, threw off my sweats and made it to the start with time to
i saw christina gingras, but otherwise no others i recognized. a new
face, sariah long was up front doing some strides.
we start, sariah takes off, i tuck in behind
christina just to see what her pace is like. 6:05 pace. too much for me
too soon, so i back off. my goal was to stay in the 6:15 - 6:30 range.
enough to be competetive in the race, but not all out. 2 weeks to
SLC...plus, let's be realistic, i can't run a half at 6:05 pace...
i actually felt really good, hitting the first mile in 6:14. i
ran alone for most of the race, except for a stretch with cold boy
(shorts, no gloves). this was
during miles 4, 5, and 6. they both slowed down, so i broke away from
them and ran alone the rest of the way. weather was still pleasant
through 7 and 8, with just a slight chilly wind noticeable. then mile
9. then mother nature became very, very angry. and we said hello to one
of the fiercest winds i have experienced in awhile. it was a super-cold
wind, relentlessly blowing from seemingly every direction. difficult to
get air when you are breathing hard, difficult to keep your head up.
BUT...this is a race! keep going. miles 9 and 10 i definitely fell off
pace, but i could tell i was gaining on christina. she was wearing
bright blue asics speedstars (same shoes as me), so it was easy to spot
her. mile 11. wind still there. still gaining ground. i come up right
behind her at the mile 12 cone. (i take a moment to think about what i
am thinking about when i see the mile 12 cone). made it to
the final turn and the finish was closer than i thought. she sped up.
so did i. still even. still even. still even. THEN...she kicks! so i
kick! ohhhhhhh and there is no kick today. she has quite a kick. she is
a strong, strong runner, and that was confirmed when she wasted me to
the finish line. .she
ended up beating me by 1 second. i ended up taking 3rd overall,
christina 2nd and sariah long 1st (by quite a large margin).
unofficial...she ran a 1:22:XX (?? pretty sure, i'll update later),
then christina 1:26:49 and me 1:26:50. as i said before, i was on pace
for a PR until the dumb wind got the best of me. i need to toughen up
if i am going to keep racing in utah. i should expect this weather,
especially in a winter series.
6:14, 6:29, 6:33, 6:20, 6:16, 6:31, 6:38, 6:41,(enter wind),6:48, 7:12, 6:59, 7:29 (13.1)
6:38 average pace my shoes are very very muddy.