This race was a bit unorganized, but I know there were a lot of last minute changes and they were doing their best. The start of the race was very crowded and chaotic. I got caught in the late bus crowd and was unable to get anywhere near the starting line. Crowds of people were moving in every direction, and I was trying to maneuver my way through it all when I heard the gun...the race was on. I was about 2/3 of the way back in the pack, and it was crammed tight. I ran in place for 10-20 seconds before I even started moving forward. Once I was able to run, it was shoulder to shoulder for about 1/2 mile. Finally the crowds started to break up a bit and I was able to get to the side and see open road ahead.
The start of the course offered a beautiful view of Mt. Timpanogos, and the downhill was more noticeable than I thought it would be. The 2.5 mile stretch on the highway in the canyon is where it got a bit tough. The sun was out and it heated up quickly. This stretch also included a hill climb that wasn't brutal but definitely required some work. I was happy to get back on the trail into the shade of the trees.
Because of my crazy start, I had no idea what my position was in relation to the other female runners. I just kept trying to keep them in my sight, and slowly catch up to them. If I caught them and felt I could maintain pace, I would pass, then go for the next one. I ended up passing about 10 women between miles 8 and 11. After 11, no women were in sight so my goal was to maintain my position in the race and hold on to my pace. I started to fade halfway through mile 12. I heard music and cheering in the distance so I knew I was getting close.
I finished in 1:26:53 according to the race clock. 1/2 Marathon PR for me. I was happy with the race and it helped me to see where I am at fitness-wise as I continue to train for TOU. I don't know if I am ready for a sub-3 at this point...I think the goal is within reach, just maybe not as soon as September. I have a lot to work on. Anyway, I finished 48th overall, 8th female, and 1st in my age division of 19-24.
Here are my splits:
1- 7:42 2- 6:40 3- 7:03 4- 6:48 5- 6:40 6- 6:39 7- 6:25 8- 6:02 9- 7:04 10- 6:05 11- 6:27 12- 7:10 13.1- 7:24
Average pace: 6:41:07
Overall I enjoyed the race, aside from the disorganization at the start and the seemingly never-ending looping at the end. As of now, I don't have any more races planned until TOU. I am just going to focus on getting in as many miles as possible, and maybe do more tempo runs so that I can maintain a more consistent pace. The 6:41 pace is just slightly faster than the 6:47s I will have to run in TOU for a sub-3. The pace felt good today, I just have to determine if I can run twice as far without hitting the wall.
Congratulations to everyone who ran today, great job to you all!!!