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St. George Marathon

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Location:

Lehi,UT,

Member Since:

Jul 19, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PRs

2015 St. George Marathon (2:44:11)

2014 Hobble Creek Half (1:17:18)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Goals

  • 5K - 16:59
  • 1/2 Marathon - Sub 1:17:00
  • Marathon - 2:45:00 

Miles:This week: 18.90 Month: 36.80 Year: 1406.45
Pegasus 34 White Lifetime Miles: 824.60
Kinvara 8 (blue/orange) Lifetime Miles: 416.15
Pegasus 34 Blue/gray Lifetime Miles: 597.76
Lunaracer 4 Lifetime Miles: 171.35
Hoka Clifton 1 Lifetime Miles: 575.85
Brooks Levitate Lifetime Miles: 266.00
Hoka Clifton 4 Lifetime Miles: 102.10
Pegasus Turbo 2 (green) Lifetime Miles: 10.50
Total Distance
156.71
Lunaracer (blue) Miles: 39.85Kinvara 3 (Red) Miles: 64.71Fastwitch 5 (blue) Miles: 24.05Kinvara Miles: 5.00Kinvara 2 (White) Miles: 22.60Nike Free ( Black & Red) Miles: 0.50
Total Distance
5.00

AM 5 in just over 40 min with about 4 strides during the last mile.

Lunaracer (blue) Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
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Another day off for me this week.  I'm taking things even more easy this week than I normally would just to make sure I'm good to go on Saturday.  Goals for Saturday are:

C. Break last year's time of 2:56:05

B. Low 2:50s (2:51:xx - 2:53:xx)

A. Break 2:50:00

I've never trained better for a marathon and I've put in a lot more miles than I have before, but I know that doesn't necessarily translate to a good race time.  Running a time (2:50:00) that you've never run before is almost more mental for me than anything, but I'm confident I can pull off a good race.  The plan is to hit the half around 1:26:30 and then hopefully run around 1:23:00 - 1:24:00 over the second half of the course.  Looking forward to the race though.  Leave for St. George tomorrow.

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Race: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:50:56, Place overall: 75, Place in age division: 16
Total Distance
26.20

Really happy with my race today.  Goals coming in to the race were A. Break 2:50:00 B. Low 2:5xs C. Best last year's time of  2:56:05.  I knew breaking 2:50:00 would be a bit of a stretch, but I had to go for it and I'm glad I did.  I ate a banana and granola bar at 4:30 am and then another banana about 45 minutes prior to the race.  It was cold and windy (in the right direction) up at the start.  Ran with gloves up until around mile 20 and a beanie up until about mile 13.       

First half in 1:27:30 Second half in 1:23:26

Miles 1-7 6:37, 6:41, 6:25, 6:23, 6:33, 6:21, 6:16  I pretty much started the race running with Melanie B. and Julie E., just like I did last year. This was good as they are pretty dialed in and keep the pace honest and steady.  I was probably about 5 seconds slower than I wanted around miles 3-5, but I wasn't too worried.  Stomach was good and legs were feeling fine.  These miles flew by quite quickly.   

Miles 8-13 7:23, 6:53, 6:52, 7:02, 6:47, 6:29  I hit the bathroom right before Veyo (I have to pee at least once in every marathon which is something I need to solve), and while it slowed me down, it didn't slow me down as much as I thought.  The tailwind up Veyo was great, but then on the subsequent climb it kind of switched to more of a crosswind.  Ran with Melanie up through about mile 11, but then I was pretty much on my own...as far as running with anybody that I knew.  I probably lost my shot at breaking 2:50:00 during this stretch of the race.  I just bled a little too much time and took it a little too easy on these climbs.  But I was trying to find a balance.  I crossed the half at 1:27:30 and I knew I was about 45-60 seconds off where I needed to be.  

Miles 14-20 6:31, 6:20, 6:20, 6:27, 6:26, 6:38, 6:23  I was looking forward to this next part of the course.  Running through Snow Canyon is great and I knew this is where I could make up some time, plus you start to get more crowds along the way. There were two girls that went flying by me down the descent in Snow Canyon.  They never did come back.  There were two other guys that passed me up the climb on mile 19 who also slowly pulled away.  I believe these were the only people that passed me in the second half of the race.  While I did make up some time on this part of the course, I didn't feel like I was really able to get going like I needed to.  Right around mile 19-20 I could feel the beginnings of the pain/doubt zone.  I knew I just had to work through it and things would get better.  I surprisingly got up the hill in mile 19 quicker than I thought.  

Miles 21-26.2  6:15, 6:26, 6:19, 6:14, 6:17, 6:15, 1:22 (5:59)  This section ended up being my favorite part of the race.  I just tried to find a balance between pushing hard, but not too hard.  My feet were hurting and numb, but I really just got into a good rythem here and started clipping off people in front of me.  I was definitely in the pain locker, and was looking for anything to keep me going.  The spectators, the bands, the other runners, thoughts of good training runs I had done.......I was doing and thinking of everything I could to keep my pace up.  I was able to pass a lot of people in these last few miles, and despite feeling really crappy, my pace was getting faster.  Those last two miles are tough as the terrain seems to flatten, and I was so happy to round the last corner.  I passed one guy right before rounding the corner and there was no one else in sight ahead of me.  I could see the clock getting close to 2:51:00 and I had to at least come in under that.  I was spent, but so happy with how my things went, especially the last 6 miles (and in particular the last 4).    

I was happy to see/hear that things went well for so many others.  I owe a big thanks to Matt, Mike, Scott, Reed, Chad, Toni, etc.  I started running about 1-3 times a week with them about 2 months ago and it has helped me a ton.  It's kind of a one-sided relationship with these guys as I don't bring a ton of value to the group, but I get all the benefit of running with them.  They are smart, talented and very motivating and the runs I've done with them gave me a lot of confidence during this race.  Also a big shout-out to my bro Mark, who I have run a lot of miles with building up to this race.

When I started this running stuff several years back, I never would have thought I could have run a marathon in the low 2:50s.  Very happy with this race and looking forward to recovering and learning from this one and trying hit the 2:45:00 mark.       

Lunaracer (blue) Miles: 26.20
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PM Went to CrossFit today.  Easing my way back into things.  Enjoying the down time from running, but feeling gross already.

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0.00

PM Crossfit.  Pretty rough workout.  Lots of push presses, pull-ups and very light running.  Still a bit sore and will err on the side of caution.

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0.00

PM Crossfit.  

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Total Distance
6.00

AM 6 in 47:14.  Met at Matt's house and ran the first three on the Murdoch trail with Matt, Mike, Scott, Chad and Brandon, and then I cut it short and headed back to the car.  Lots of aches and pains and I decided to play it safe.

Kinvara 3 (Red) Miles: 6.00
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Total Distance
8.05

AM 8.05 at about 8:45 pace.  Started at 5:30 with Mark and ran slow up 300 West and back.  It felt like 20 miles by the end.  Still lots of aches.

Kinvara 3 (Red) Miles: 8.05
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Total Distance
9.30

AM 9.3 in 1:15:13 (8:05).  With Mark up to the trail right off State St. for a bit and then back.  

Fastwitch 5 (blue) Miles: 9.30
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Total Distance
5.00

AM 5 miles in 42 min on the TM in Bozeman.

PM Crossfit

Kinvara Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
8.30

AM 8.3 in 1:05:54 (7:56).  With Mark.  Similar route to Monday.  Up to the trail off of State St. and 300 West.

PM Crossfit

 

Kinvara 2 (White) Miles: 8.30
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Total Distance
9.25

AM 9.25 in 1:13:35 (7:57).  Ran with Mark up 300 W. and back.  I added on around the block to get a bit extra.

Kinvara 3 (Red) Miles: 9.25
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Total Distance
0.50

PM Crossfit.  Skipped my run this morning and just went to Crossfit.  Just trying to be a little careful still after the marathon.  

Nike Free ( Black & Red) Miles: 0.50
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Total Distance
14.75

AM 14.75 in 1:54:55 (7:48).  Started at 5:30 (solo) and ran up to Smiths Mktplace and hopped on the Murdock Trail.  Ran down towards the freeway and then hailed a left and popped out by the gas station on State and 300 W. and then headed home.  My body is not feeling great.  Probably over did it today.

Crossfit....kind of.

Fastwitch 5 (blue) Miles: 14.75
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Total Distance
10.06

AM 10.06 in 1:11:43 (7:08).  Loop from Scott's house with Matt, Scott, Mike, Reed and Spencer.  

Kinvara 3 (Red) Miles: 10.06
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Total Distance
10.30

AM 10.3 in 1:14:24 (7:14).  The "big" hill loop from Matt's house with Matt, Mike, Scott and Chris.  Stomach was off today.  Probably need to scale back tomorrow and maybe Thursday to recover a bit.

Kinvara 2 (White) Miles: 10.30
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Total Distance
4.00

PM 4 miles no watch from the jr. high out to the JRP by Willow Park and back.

Kinvara 2 (White) Miles: 4.00
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Total Distance
9.10

AM 9.10 in 1:11:05 (7:49).  Ran the first three with Mark.  Up 300 West and then back to the trail off of State St. for a bit and then back home.

PM CF

Kinvara 3 (Red) Miles: 9.10
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Total Distance
8.65

AM Met at Lehi HS with Matt, Mike, Scott and Brandon.  Did a 4 mile warm up, some strides, some 200s, one mile repeat (5:35), an 800 (slow), and then cooled down a bit.  I was pleasantly surprised with the one mile repeat, although I was working pretty good.

Lunaracer (blue) Miles: 8.65
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Total Distance
12.00

AM 12 in 1:40:48 (8:24).  Ran with Mark up to Smith's Mktplace and back.  Slow run mainly cause yesterday's little speed session has got me sore.  I am not bouncing back very good from the marathon.

Kinvara 3 (Red) Miles: 12.00
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0.00

PM Crossfit

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4.00

PM Crossfit and then 4 slow miles with Mark.

Kinvara 3 (Red) Miles: 4.00
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Total Distance
6.25

AM 6.25 in 45:50 (7:19).  Loop from Matt's house.

PM CF

Kinvara 3 (Red) Miles: 6.25
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Total Distance
156.71
Lunaracer (blue) Miles: 39.85Kinvara 3 (Red) Miles: 64.71Fastwitch 5 (blue) Miles: 24.05Kinvara Miles: 5.00Kinvara 2 (White) Miles: 22.60Nike Free ( Black & Red) Miles: 0.50
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