I'm modifying the training schedule this week because of the Provo River 1/2 on Saturday. I will break the runs up between the am and pm. I think this will help my legs. Legs were dead this morning for the first 5 miles, and then I started feeling better.
Provo River 1/2 (13.1 Miles) 01:24:18, Place overall: 20, Place in age division: 2
Goals for the race:
1:25 and run my own race (in control). Hope and pray the achilles and feet come out of the race feeling ok.
It wouldn’t be the Provo River ½ if there wasn’t mass chaos
and confusion at the start.That being
said, I always have really liked this race.
Secretly, I was hoping I would be able to come in ahead of
the first lady.I believe I did so, but
I had to hold her off at the end.I had
planned on trying to push it down South Fork pretty hard, and then try and hold
6:30 pace the rest of the way.I wasn’t
sure if the uphill section near Bridal Veil was going to be in play this year,
but it was and I was fine with that.
Met Tom Lee and talked with him for a second in the first
few miles (if you’re reading this – nice job and I wish you were still
blogging).I ended up running a good
portion of the race with Andy (from the blog).I caught up to him around mile 5 and hung with him until about the 10
mile marker.It really helps to run with
people in a race.There were certain
sections where he carried me quite simply because I didn’t want to fall
back.Overall I felt pretty good.Recently I’ve discovered that during these
races I go in and out feeling bad.It is
just a matter of working through the bad times and then eventually I start to
feel better.Around mile 10, sunglasses
guy caught up to Andy and I and started passing.I started fading a bit and ended up running
alone the rest of the way.At the mile
11 water break I stopped for a bit, and really had to will myself to the finish
for the last 2 miles.I was surprised my
splits were as good as they were for the last two.
Overall, I was really happy with how consistent my splits
were and this is certainly a good building block for the upcoming
marathons.I’m hoping I recover well
from this and no pain/injuries linger.Congrats to the other bloggers who ran so well.I can’t believe how fast some of these people