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Friday, October 7, 2011

St George Marathon

I can finally breathe a sigh of relief. I ran the St George marathon last Saturday and it is nice to be done. I am finally getting over being sore...I'm not going to lie, my quads were hurting the next day, and the next... I woke up at 3 in the morning on race day and couldn't go back to sleep due to the butterflies eating a hole in my stomach. The bus ride up seemed really long and I wanted to throw up at the top when I saw all the thousands (5700) of people running. I was actually relieved once the race started due to all the anticipation. Anyway, long story short I ended up running an 11 minute pr and finished in 2:50:36 (6:30 pace). I was the 4th girl overall, and missed 3rd by 21 seconds...I tried to catch her, but her kick was too hard. I got my goal time-so I was happy. It was a fun downhill course, but does have some challenges..the uphill section (miles 7-11) and the heat...I felt pretty toasty by the end. I lucked out today and felt stronger running this marathon than I have ever felt with the previous ones. I feel like I have gained a little more experience and confidence with each one. This was my 5th marathon and I have improved my time by 33 minutes from my first one. I think this is the reason that keeps me coming back. I always finish wondering if next time I can train a little harder and run a little faster. I love the challenge of 26.2 miles. The training is the hard part and the race is the reward for all the hard workouts. It is the toughest thing I have ever done-(next to childbirth) but it is so rewarding. There is no greater feeling than crossing the finish line knowing you gave it your all. I know most people don't "get it" the whole running thing-but I do. It makes me feel good and happy and it keeps me sane. I feel better physically, mentally and spiritually because of running. Yes, I have days where I feel like crap and I adjust my workouts accordingly, but for the most part I love it. I am addicted and I plan on running many many more races and marathons in my life...but for right now I will take a break and eat a load of icecream...Ok enough of my soapbox on running, I am such a nerd sometimes.

7 comments:

Chels said...

You're amazing! You can keep on running so we can keep on bragging about you.

The Lybrook Family... said...

Congrats! Thats really amazing Christi!

Kassie, Aaron and Boys said...

You are so awesome! Thanks for sharing your story, I loved reading it.

brit said...

i can't get over how fast u really r. it is absolutely amazing. congrats on a pr!

Mindy said...

I actually looked at the results today and was not surprised at all. You are a trooper!!!!!

Mikael & Ronnie Squire said...

You rock! Just when I think you couldn't possibly get any faster, you do! Congrats! It is so fun to see how proud Perry is of you.

The Foxy Fam said...

Holy buckets girl!! You amaze me! You are AWESOME--in the true sense of the word!!! :)