This morning I ran the Thanksgiving Point Half Marathon in Lehi, UT. I signed up for it a while back because it was a local race. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. Here’s the report…
Last night I wanted to make sure that I carb loaded, so I fixed a yummy dinner of what other than spaghetti and my favorite vegetable, edamame. I may have eaten too much edemame. Between my 4-year-old son and I, we downed an entire bag alone! After dinner, all 7 of us laid on the couch watching Tin-Tin (Anderson (7) and I actually played “Every Word” on my kindle the entire time :)…a WAY better use of time, in my opinion.) At about 9:30, we were all in bed. Notice that I said “in bed,” not “asleep.” My restless mind just wouldn’t shut off. I wasn’t even thinking about the race; it just kept on jumping around from thought to thought. It was really annoying. At about 12:30, I finally decided to take my TKO combination of 2 ibuprofen and 1 tsp of children’s Dimeatap (grape 😉 ). Within 15 minutes, I. was. out….only to wake up at 4:30 so that I could shower, eat breakfast, get ready and drive to the race to be there by 6:15.
Once there, I did a slow mile warm-up, and felt great! I was so relieved because the past couple of weeks have been kind of bleh for me. I got a chest cold and stepped on a rock, which kind of left me out of running commission for 3 days leading up to the race. I did some pre-race strides, and felt really smooth. When I got to the start, there were 2 other girls who I had seen before, and who I knew were REALLY fast! One is Andrea North, who is sponsored by Saucony, so I knew that she was hefty competition.
I tend to go out fast, and wanted to start this one out conservatively. I tucked in behind one of the ladies, and stayed right on her shoulder for the first 7 miles or so. Andrea was right behind me. We weren’t running a terribly fast pace, between 6:20-6:30 pace, and even 6:40 at times. I felt really pretty good. Most of the course until then, was flat and gradual uphill, with maybe one short, steep downhill. At about mile 7 or so, it started to get really windy (twisty) and hilly, as we were going through the garden area.
There were so many turns and switchbacks and short, steep uphill climbs. It was about then where I let the two ladies go ahead. I slowed down quite a bit at mile 9, but still kept them in sight. Then the turns got so windy that I couldn’t even see where anyone was for a good mile. It was really hard to gage where I was. Most of this section was windy, uphill, downhill. The thing about the downhill was that it was so steep with a turn at the end, that you really couldn’t gain any speed. There were a few sections of straight, but then it turned right into another steep climb. Finally, with one mile to go, it straightened out. The only down side of this, was that we had caught up to all the people who were running the 5k. The last mile was spent weaving in and out of people. I couldn’t even see where the girls ahead of me were. It was funny though, that with about 100m to go, I raced some 10-year old boys to the finish, since we all finished at the same place. It made me laugh. So, I’m sure my finishing shot has me smiling :). I will post pics when I get them. The total eelevation climb was a little over 1,000 feet!
I ended up with a third place overall finish in the women’s, with a time of 1:27.35 (6:41 average). Andrea won with a 1:24:15, and the lady behind her was 1:25:23. Results here. I wasn’t all that close. I feel good, though knowing that Andrea is a good solid 1:18 half marathon runner, and I wasn’t all that far behind. Maybe I can come under 1:20 this year!…
AND, as an added bonus, I came home with $150! I can now go grocery shopping!
All-in-all, it was a good experience. It was a beautiful run! I am excited to take the kids for a walk to see the tulips this week!
This race makes me even more excited for a fast race! Here’s to the Utah Valley 1/2 in June…!