12.42 in 1:33:42. Ave pace of 7:33. Ran up just a little past Vivian Park and back to the mouth of the canyon. Wasn't planning on running hard, but I felt good and this ended up being a pretty fast run for me. Splits:
2.54 nice and easy around the neighborhood. Mid-Mountain Marathon tomorrow. I'm very excited. This is the hardest and funnest of all the marathons I've done. Goals for the race:
-Don't get hurt (lots of opportunities to trip in this race)
-Ultimate goal is to finish in 3:30 (winner finished in just over 3 last year), but would like to at least beat my time from last year of 3:48.
-Finish strong, both mentally and physically.
I've had doubts whether or not to run this race hard because I don't want to screw anything up for STG, but I've decided I'm running tomorrow's race hard and we'll see what happens in the next few weeks.
Mid Mountain Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:36:45, Place overall: 16, Place in age division: 8
Ugh.I forget how
hard this race is.It does a number on
my body.Feet are sore today (I’m
writing this on Sunday), along with my legs and back.Now for the excuse……this is the only time all
year that I run on a trail and my body can certainly notice a difference between
the trails and the road.Most of the
trail on this race is extremely rocky as well.Overall, this is a very fun race and is very well organized.I would recommend it to anybody looking for a
good trail run.Here are my times at
each of the mile markers they had posted:
Mile 5 – 39:55Started
a bit fast so that I wouldn’t get stuck behind somebody slow on the single
track trail.After about 2.5 miles I was
running by myself, which I actually liked better than running in a group of
people.Seems like we climb for the
first part of the race.I couldn’t catch
my breath and my legs already don’t feel that great.But I was happy to see I was on 8 minute/mile
Mile 10 – 1:20:03Occasional runners pass me, but I’m certainly not passing anybody.Feel great on the downhill portions, but any
uphill section is just kicking my butt.Still about 5 minutes ahead of where I was last year though.
Mile 14.8 – 2:01:28I
notice that my lower stomach muscles are giving me a lot of pain and any time I
have to climb my groins are giving me trouble.
Mile 20 – 2:48:01Miles 15-20 are the worst part.It is a pretty good climb and my legs are done.Still not many people around, but I do start
to come up on blue-shirt guy.He doesn’t
stop at the aid station, but I do stop.I didn’t see him again until about mile 25.
Mile 26.2 – 3:36:45Blue shirt finally comes back into view and he is strugglin.He pulls to the side of the trail with about
a mile left and lets me pass.I was so
glad to be done.This race is hard, but
is actually pretty fun.
I will take it easy for the next few days, and will actually
probably start to taper for St. George.I was amazed at how my legs just had nothing in them for this race.I don’t want that problem for St. George.