Happy Monday AFTER my race!!!! It was GREAT!!! I don’t know where to start really so I’ll say a phrase my husband tells me. You’re like FINE WINE AND CHEESE! Which means I get better with age!! Lucky me, because I earned a qualifying spot for the BOSTON MARATHON! I’m kind of in denial with that part of the race. This is marathon #3 and here are my times:
2007-St. George, UT 4:10
2012-Ogden, UT 3:58
2013-Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT 3:42
I really went into the day thinking, I’ll see how it goes and run as fast as I can. I only have 3 measly photos from the experience, but I might post a few shots that were taken on the course later. Here we are:
Here is the LOW down of the Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon! Perfect weather! It was iffy for days and even the morning of. We ran in 50-60 degree temps with cloud cover. Couldn’t be better! The rain waited patiently for me to finish and then DUMPED a few hours after the race. So grateful! This is a FAST course. The website says it’s a net downhill of 5300 ft. with minimal uphill and a 500 ft. net drop even after the canyon. Sooooo, that combined with my awesome age helped me BQ! My official time was 3:42:09. I signed up for Boston this morning and I need to check back to see if I get in. It’s so popular, you’re not even guaranteed a spot with your time!
The miles really did fly by. My outfit was super comfy. My shoes felt great! I didn’t even damage my toenails. Super hard on the quads and my right heel is hurting, but other than that, I feel great. I kept my time in the 7’s through mile 16, kept it in the 8’s until mile 20, and then my last 6 were 9 and 10 minute miles. Oh, of course I wish I was faster at the end! I’ve never been more sore and I think my legs are pretty tough. The next morning I seriously could not lift my legs out of bed and going downstairs is quite the treat.
It’s a great feeling of accomplishment. If you like to run, RUN a marathon!! The BEST!! I love the energy and excitement from the other runners and spectators and the exhilaration of finishing! I’m so glad my body cooperated! My time is good for 2 years if I want to wait and run Boston in 2015. I want my friends to qualify again so I’ll see when they want to run it, but I might be training again by January! I’m a little nutso!
Once again, I have a busy week. I sit down every Sunday night and fill in my weekly calendar. It’s good to keep busy! My house is going to pot since I can’t move so well, picking up all day is a daunting task! I’m grateful to be healthy and live in such a beautiful place! Cool. Run. Victorious. Uplifting!!!