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Utah Valley Half Marathon Race Report

I’m sure we can all agree that some runs are better than others. This is true for races as well. Saturday’s race, well it was one of the others.

I figured it wasn’t the best sign when I woke with a stuffy nose and sore throat on Friday. Then I picked up my packet that afternoon in a drizzle that had been going on all day. Because my Internet was still on strike, I hadn’t been able to check Saturday’s weather. I called my husband, and he checked for me: 50-70% chance of rain during all race-related hours. I actually don’t mind running in the rain, but when it is combined with temps in the 40s and low-50s, I start to mind it a little.

Sure enough, it was raining when I got up at 3:15 Saturday morning to get ready for the Utah Valley Half Marathon. Luckily it stopped by the time I got to the bus and didn’t start up again until just as we started running. I met my cousin and her friend, and we rode one of the last buses to the start. We hit the potty lines and then stood by one of the fires until the race started (15 minutes late, but I’ll take that over the hour I waited for last year’s Hobble Creek Half)!

The race itself can be wrapped up in one word: HARD. I was sick, it was raining, I ate like CRAP on Friday (three Krispy Kreme donuts – what was I thinking??). My headband fell out and I had to run back and get it a few miles in. My ITB started hurting at mile 4, but I ran through it and it eased up a mile later. I never felt in the zone, like I could just keep going. At the halfway point, I wanted to quit. I had to keep telling myself to just keep running over and over.

The last three miles were tough. I knew I could make my sub-2 goal if I could remain steady, but I wasn’t sure I had it in me. I kept telling myself I could walk if I just made it to the viaduct that was near the end. When I hit the viaduct, it was less than a mile from the finish, so I made myself keep going. As I neared the finish, I saw the clock and knew I would make it.

Chip Time: 1:59:08 (9:05 pace)
Garmin Time: 1:59:12
Garmin Distance: 13.17
234/900 overall; 92/592 female; 30/150 age group

Mile 1 – 8:48
Mile 2 – 8:53
Mile 3 – 8:15
Mile 4 – 8:33
Mile 5 – 8:58
Mile 6 – 8:56
Mile 7 – 8:57
Mile 8 – 9:23
Mile 9 – 8:57
Mile 10 – 9:33
Mile 11 – 9:20
Mile 12 – 9:46
Mile 13 – 9:22
Mile .17 – 1:25 (8:27 pace)

I crossed the finish and a not long after my cousin finished. We hugged and then headed to the port-a-potties. My stomach was NOT happy. Even with three Imodiums in my system, it was letting me know how it felt.

It is crazy to compare how I felt after the Ogden Half last month and this race. I think being sick just took too much out of me. I hurt in places (my lower back felt like it was bruised, my hip flexor hurt so bad I limped to my car) that didn’t hurt even after my marathon. I was so wiped on Saturday afternoon that I could hardly do anything. My sore throat and stuffy nose turned into a full-blown cold with body aches and chills and a cough. And I felt nauseous until that evening. I am on the mend today, but still very sore.

At one point during the race, I decided I would never run anything longer than a 10K again. Yet today I am recommitted to my half in August and the St. George marathon in October. I am just taking what I learned from this experience and hope to make those races just a little bit better. I can’t control whether or not I get sick, but I’m going to do everything else I can (bye-bye Krispy Kremes) to make the most of those races.

In spite of Saturday’s half being the hardest race I have ever run (and not at all because of the course), there were a few awesome highlights:

  • Alicia cheered me across the finish and we chatted after the race. I am so excited to run some of our long runs together as ,we both train for fall marathons. She is an awesome runner and a wonderful person. She is doing some amazing things for Train4Autism, so be sure to check out her blog!

  • My leg didn’t hurt. It didn’t hurt before, during or after the race. Not sure what it was, but I’m glad it is gone.

  • I had one tiny blister on my foot that was gone within 24 hours. I’m not sure if it was my ongoing effort to get rid of my calluses or the fact that my socks were sopping wet most of the race, but my feet were the happiest part of my body after this race!

  • I got a post-race massage at the finish. The girl must have sensed how beat down I was because she didn’t just rub my legs but pretty much gave me a full-body rubdown and took nearly twice as long as those around me.

How was your weekend? I am trying to make the rounds and get caught up on the week of blogs I missed because of my angry Internet, but until then I hope you had great runs and races!!

RUN: I forgot my camera and my phone was in the car, so I didn't get any pictures. However, Alicia took a few of me as I finished (how awesome is she?), so I'll post them and the official race photos once I have them.


  1. Congrats on your sub 2 hour half! So proud of you and your accomplishment especially considering the adversity you face! Way to rock it girl!

  2. Congrats on the sub 2! Glad one of us made our goal on Saturday. (i didn't)

  3. Sorry you had such a tough time, but way to finish strong and push through! Congrats!

  4. Well done! I don't think I could have pushed myself to finish a race in your ill condition - mad props!

  5. What a tough day you had out there, and yet you still made your goal! That's amazing. I've been there before...feeling sick and miserable on race day, then racing, which puts the nail in your coffin as far as your crud goes. Feel better soon and take some well-deserved rest!

  6. CONGRATS on making it through a TOUGH TOUGH day. I raced a half sick and I could hardly run.

  7. Congrats on your race and your sub 2 hour pace! Sounds like you had some icky stomach problems (I can sympathize!)

  8. Nice time despite the adversity. Good job.

  9. Wow, great time even though it wasn't the best running day! Way to go! At least you always know every day isn't like that one! Those post race massages are great!

  10. Great job! Especially amazing considering the conditions you were running with... way to go!

  11. Congrats on your half!! It sounds like you did well all things considered.

  12. Wow, that's a great time considering how crappy you felt!!

  13. Great job on the half! You did so well considering it was raining and you weren't feeling great. Feel better soon!

  14. Stomach problems during races definitely suck, but you still pulled off a sub-2 half, and that's definitely something to be proud of.

  15. Congratulations! That was a great run to build character and toughness...which you have!

  16. Way to finish!!! The weather didn't help either, your super tough!!!


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