My first race of the 2014 season is in the books. The Provo City Half Marathon was great! I came, I saw, I didn’t necessarily conquer, but I ran very well! If anyone asked me what my goal time was before the race on Saturday, I would have told them I would be happy with anything under two hours. Under two hours is what I would have told anyone who asked, however, in the back of my mind, I really wanted to run sub 1hr 40min. I’m happy to report that I came in at the low end of what I thought was possible on Saturday. I ran a 1:35:48 and I still had gas in the tank at the end! In fact, my last mile was my fastest mile! Sorry for all of the exclamation points. The results of this race have really boosted my enthusiasm and my confidence. I feel like completing the Ogden Marathon in under four hours in two weeks is definitely a possibility now. Most books I have read on marathoning say that traditional wisdom when planning how fast you should run your marathon is to take your most recent half marathon time, double it, and add 20 minutes. That would make my time in the 3:30 ball park. I doubt I will be anywhere near 3:30 at Ogden but at least I have a solid race with a decent time under my belt to help my mental preparation.
As thrilled as I was with the race on Saturday, my favorite part of the day was running back along the course to help my wife with my baby as she did the 5k. I walked with my daughter, Tamsin, on my shoulders for about two and a half miles. Tamsin kept saying “Go! Go! Go!” At the end of the 5k, I put her down and let her run toward the finish line. All of this was fun, but if you ask Tamsin about the 5k, her favorite part was the bus ride back to the start to get the car with her mom. She thought that bus was the coolest thing in the world!
Here’s to hoping that doing these 5k’s with her mom will inspire Tamsin to grow up to be a avid distance runner. A dad can dream, right? 🙂
Me and my number 1 supporter. Tamsin still hasn’t adjusted to how bad I smell after a race. All Tamsin could say when she saw me yesterday afternoon was “daddy stinky!”
The 5k and bus ride wore this girl out! As soon as Tamsin got home she crawled up on our bed as was asleep in about half a second.
Finally, this picture is of a portion of my ever growing running family. You will not meet a better group of people anywhere. There is nothing like seeing so many friendly faces at the starting line, during the race, and at the finish line that all offer stellar support.
- Monday = Rest – work and life got in the way
- Tuesday = Rest work and life got in the way
- Wednesday = 8.5 miles (running)
- Thursday = 8.5 miles (running)
- Friday = Rest
- Saturday = 16 miles (running) – Provo City Half Marathon and cool down miles
- Sunday = Rest
- Running = 33 miles
- Elliptical = 0 miles
- Total Miles = 33 miles
- Weigh In = Skipped my weigh in again this week. I have decided to resume my weekly weigh in after the Ogden Marathon on May 17th. I am still eating good food but I feel like I may need to cut calories again after the marathon.
- Running = 102.78 miles
- Elliptical = 6.15 miles
- Total Miles = 108.93 miles
- Weights = 4:05 hrs
- Running = 26.45 miles
- Elliptical = 0 miles
- Total Miles = 26.45 miles
- Weights = 0 hrs