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? 🙂

provo 135

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!”

Dirty Feet

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.

provo finish - the run aways

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.

Workout Log:

  • 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

Weekly Totals:

  • 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.

April Totals:

  • Running = 102.78 miles 
  • Elliptical = 6.15 miles 
  • Total Miles = 108.93 miles
  • Weights = 4:05 hrs

May Totals:

  • Running = 26.45 miles 
  • Elliptical = 0 miles 
  • Total Miles = 26.45 miles
  • Weights = 0 hrs
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7 Comments

Steve Turley · May 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Nick,

Congratulations! Fabulous job yesterday. You had an amazing run and you continue to inspire others.

I’m sorry I didn’t provide better pacing. I went out a bit too fast and I regret throwing off some of the runners. Please accept my apology.

It was also great fun to run the 5K with each other and our family. Congrats to your wife and to Tasmin.

Thanks also for the help at the end of the 5K with my niece. She’s worked real hard just to finish a 5K and pushed herself. She pushed so hard that she got sick and appreciated your help to get her across the finish.

No matter the distance, or the time, to finish is the reward.

Thanks,
Steve

    nickbernard110 · May 5, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks for the comment Steve. I’m actually happy that you went out fast. I ran about five minutes faster due to your enthusiastic pacing. 🙂

    Tell your niece congrats and to keep going with her fitness. She inspired a lot of people by having the courage to get out there and push herself to her limits.

    Hopefully I see you at another race soon!

Jess @ Jess Be Quick · May 5, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Way to go on a great race! I found your blog on the RYR Facebook page, and also ran the Provo City Half (just not in 1:35!) As a fellow runner and foodie, I look forward to following your blog.

    nickbernard110 · May 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you for your comment Jess! I’m going to go heck out your blog!

Brandon · May 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm

It was great to see you, even for a moment before the race started Nick. You’re always smiling. Keep up the great work!

    nickbernard110 · May 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    It was great to see you too Brandon! I hope all is well with you. Are you running Ogden?

      brandon · May 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      No Ogden for me. Next Half is AF in June. All is well 🙂

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