Well, this is not an easy thing to do, but something that is necessary. This year's St. George Marathon turned out to be one of my biggest BUMMER races in a long time. Actually, very interesting comparison between my very first marathon in 2004 and this year.
2004- Great weather, ran hard the entire way finished in 3:07:30, placed 219th overall, and 28th in age division
2008- Terrible weather, walked or slowly jogged much of the second half, finished in 3:07:27, placed 206th overall, and 29th in age division
The upsetting thing about this year, was the fact I felt like I was in really good shape, I had some good goals and thought I would be able to put everything together.
Anyway, as those who ran or were there know the weather did make the race quite a bit more difficult. The rain the entire way and the strong head wind made for a long day. My main problem came from cramping up too many times during the race. I felt cold the entire race and was pretty worried about my body temperature. I think my biggest mistake was starting out too fast and running too many miles by myself. I didn't ever get in with any packs and I fought the wind the entire way alone. After reaching the half, I really fell apart and struggled with cramping: (calves, back, hip, and quads.) It was definitely humbling to see so many people passing me, especially other bloggers and people I usually beat. All I could do was wish them well.
Ok before I continue anymore with the downer report. I would like to point out some highlights
1-Dave and Clyde's finish- I was really happy for both of these guys. Even though they didn't hit the time they were hoping for, they both placed very high in the race. Great job guys
2-Nice to see so many bloggers out on the course. Some performances that stood out. Michelle L., Tyler S., James Holt (Great job James!), Ken Carlson
3-A big highlight was stopping and shaking a little girl's hand. She had her hand out and people just kept running by her not doing anything, I actually stopped, talked to her for a moment and forgot about my problems
4-Another highlight was walking for a stretching with my cousin, who was working an aid station, I was really struggling and she helped calm me down.
5-Last highlight was rather interesting. At the finish I met up with an old college teammate, actually she was more than a teammate, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I hadn't seen this girl since college so it was nice to talk for a bit. She actually came over and met Sunny and the boys and then I met her husband.
Ok, back to the scary part of this post the splits
Like I mentioned, going in I felt like I was in good shape, so I wanted to go out attempting a PR. I believe in this race today the going out faster lead to more cramping and problems later in the race.
1-6:07 Felt good
8-7:18- Veyo hill
10-6:57- 1:03:20 I was actually feeling pretty good with my goals once I got to this point. But pretty much after this mile the race really turned ugly for me.
Finish time 3:07:27
Ok, that was very painful to write, but I'm actually very excited to get back to training. Of course I will take it easy for a few weeks to allow for the body to recover. But I would like to do another marathon before the end of the year. I really feel like I need to redeem myself. Maybe the CA International Marathon, Las Vegas, or P.F. Changs in January.
Anyway, this race was definitely one to remember, but would also be a nice one to forget.