splits (roughly -- some markers off): 6:27, 6:37, 5:53, 6:02, 5:08 (no), 12:47 (6:24 avg), 6:27, 6:16, 6:18, 6:05, 6:20, 6:20, :41
new course this year and i really liked it -- a good mix of downhill, uphill, and some nice cruising sections. i especially liked the first four miles or so running up in the avenues and down memory grove (better than foothill!).
i started out with jenny, james, and richard and we mostly stayed together through the first five miles. once we hit south temple, we all strung out a bit, and i started pushing the pace here to try and catch the first two women ahead. i could see i was closing in, but it was taking a long time. i was trying to be patient but it was tough to balance the pace vs. place. the stretch along south temple was a very gradual uphill, so i was risking burning it too soon, but i wanted to keep myself in the race. i passed second place right around the 10k mark, but i wasn't sure if i was going to be able to catch the woman in first.
it was a slow process, but i was defnitely gaining on her. i finally caught and passed her on 900 east, just before the turn up the hill (sunnyside up, hoorah). i pushed hard up the hill and she was right on me. she passed me back right before we made it to the top of the hill and turned onto 11th east. i stayed close, maybe 5-10 meters back, but i was worried i was about to lose her because my breathing was out of control. luckily this was a downhill cruising section, so i focused on recovering from the hill and calming my breathing back down to not-so-heaving levels. after about a half mile or so, i started feeling better and my body relaxed again. once i felt under control, i caught up to her again and then passed her and surged just a bit to try and build a lead (this was right around mile 9). she stayed close, although i could tell i was getting a bit more breathing room as time went on.
we wound through some small neighborhoods in sugarhouse and i was flooring it as much as i could to try and break away. i could hear her footsteps and breathing, but that eventually faded around mile 10. i started relying on the time between "go guurrrl!" cheers from spectators and i had about 10-15 seconds on her, as far as i could tell.
i felt so worked over the last two miles...things started getting wobbly in liberty park and the last mile just hurt. i turned off 800 south onto 200 east and the finish line came into view -- but it seemed painfully far away. i think this made me involuntarily grunt. and the crowds scattered!
i came through the finish in 1:21:24. i didn't really have a goal time for the race, as i had no idea how i was going to respond to the course. it had a few challenging sections but overall it was faster than i thought it was going to be and i liked the changes. i think it is pretty comparable to last year's course.
they let me keep the finish line tape, which might be the most awesome thing i have from a race, even though i got tangled in it and my mother had to cut me out with garden sheers (it took 25 minutes, and i'm just kidding). i have no idea what i am going to do with it, but it's cool to have that as a take-away from this race (maybe somewhere there is a volunteer getting yelled at by the RD -- "you gave her the tape?!")
congrats to jenny on 3rd -- she had a super strong race and nearly caught 2nd at the end. happy to see her get a big PR (and she hurdled a muppet!). congrats to fritz -- slc marathon king. and congrats to the women's marathon champ, melanieB!