Well, I'm satisfied with my race today, it was a PR by 1:12 so I was happy with that, however I still think I'm capable of running much faster with better training and diet. I also had some hip issues that really seemed to bother my stride for much of the race. I had a similar pain last year, and it has been off and on all summer. I think it is time I go get it checked out. At least before I resume any hard training or racing.
Before I list my splits, there were many great performances by fastrunningbloggers today. It was lots of fun to meet many of you Friday night and I really enjoy reading many of your blogs numerous times throughout the day.
Also special shout outs to the guys from the St. George Running Center. Logan an adopted member was just awesome, Clyde and Dave you guys rocked and all your hard training over the year has paid off big time for you guys. Steve Olsen won the Utah Grand Slam so great job. Also the wildbull ran a good race on a bad leg, and Steve Hooper even though he didn't have the race he was hoping to has really helped each of us to accomplish so much.
I was also happy to see Ryan Neuman and Bruce Rea get Boston Qualifers.
I could continue with the list, but the rest of you fastrunningbloggers did awesome and I look forward to reading your posts and seeing you at future races.
1-6:18 Good start running with Steve Hooper
2-6:20- Still feeling great, already starting to notice some hip issues.
3-6:02-We decide we need to pick it up a little. By this time Kory has joined us, so it was nice to be able to run with him. He went on to have a great race.
4-6:00-Another good mile, and now we've joined a good group with Ron Greenwood, Steve King, the 3rd place female, and some others.
5-6:05-No problems, actually feeling like I want to go a little faster
7-5:55- Good mile going through Veyo, Leon Gubler was working the aid station and he had a load horn in blew in my face, pretty funny!
8-7:01-Good effort up Veyo hill
9-6:45-Steve and Kory caught back up to me
10-6:29- Just rolling along
11-7:11 stopped to go the bathroom cost me about 40 seconds
12-6:14-I decided on this mile to pick up the pace a little. Steve Hooper said he wasn't feeling the greatest so I went ahead and took off.
Half- 1:23:06 I went through a little slower than I was wanting to and I began to worry a little, but I was able to run 1:13 faster on the second half, so that was better than last year when I only ran 11 seconds faster.
14-5:56-Was in quite a bit of pain through this part, the downhill was really hurting the hip, I tried to move to the middle of the road, which helped a little
15-5:58 These next three miles were all decent. I was running some of them right with the guy from France.
19-6:24-Struggling a little here and slowed down at the aid station
22-6:22-Pretty much once I hit town I really struggled this year, which I thought would be something I wouldn't have troubles with this year.
23-6:13-My feet are starting to burn, but luckily no major blisters this year!
24-6:27-I think it was on this mile I passed Jose Martinez and then Glen Tucker came by me. I didn't recognize who he was until later.
25-6:46 stopped in the misters for awhile, and basically stopped chasing the third place girl, which I should have tried better to beat.
26-7:00- Finally the last mile, and I'm ready to be done. Actually felt better on this mile and was able to catch and pass Jose again.
The last stretch I was just pushing as hard as I could I knew I would be close to breaking 2:45, which I did, but not by much 2:44:59 and probably .99 tenths.
Once again good job to all the bloggers. I'm thinking about doing Boston again this spring, so maybe I'll see some of you guys out there.