Well, for the first 9 miles, I was doing amazing. My average pace for the first 9 was an 8:50 minute mile, so I was on track to absolutely KILL that course.
Things don't always go as planned. It was hot. It was really windy. The sun was sapping all of my energy and the last two miles were so much harder than I was prepared for.
But you can't train for heat like that in March in Utah! And to make it even more frustrating, the next day, the weather was absolutely perfect conditions (for me) for running.
The thing that I am happy with is the fact that I left EVERYTHING that I had on the course. Normally, at the end of the race I usually have enough juice to sprint in the last .5-.25 mile. On Saturday it took until I was about 10 yards from the finish line before I could get my legs to respond.
Finish time: 2:01:41
But I am very happy with a new PR. Very. It's just hard to not be disappointed because I was SO close, and I felt really good for the first 8-9 miles.
I have some freaking sweet pictures from the race (my dad is so awesome and went every few miles along the course to get pictures of me), unfortunately they are on another computer. So I will be posting those later. And I'm sure that I will have more to say about the race. I'm trying hard to not be so bummed about missing a sub-2 finish - I really need to be proud of the fact that I took 2 minutes and 34 seconds off of my previous best time.
And I am. Really.
71st woman finisher overall
8th in 25-29