Official time 1:43:34. A 49 second PR. I was 45/143 for my age division, and 460/4444 overall. Midpack man is alive and well.
Again, like last year, I quit around 10 miles. So from this I take it that the best I can do is 10 miles at around 7:45 average pace. Why no speed...it''s a mystery. Fortunately though, I love to run. Participating in races is just a nice way for me to change things up once in awhile. I love the high I get from running, and the personal challenge of getting out the door as much as possible and keeping consistent over time. I can think of worse hobbies. I ran a mile for warm up right before the start. For entertainment purposes I'll post my Garmin miles for this year with my Garmin miles from last year in parenthesis:
mile 1: 7:55 (8:18) Good.
mile 2: 8:03 (8:08) Okay.
mile 3: 7:40 (7:45)
mile 4: 7:45 (7:24) #*@%!
mile 5: 7:56 (7:57)
mile 6: 7:40 (7:55) Good.
mile 7: 7:44 (7:49) Back to okay.
mile 8: 7:49 (7:56)
mile 9: 7:59 (7:49) Excrement.
mile 10 8:20 (8:15) Piling up
mile 11 8:23 (8:09) Really getting smelly now.
mile 12 8:33 (8:34) Somebody must have opened a vent. Phew.
mile 13 7:29 (7:37) Good. Somebody flushed.
So there you have it. My splits speak for themselves. After the race I met for the first time, bloggers Walter and Steve Anderson. Both ran very good races (though they both had excuses for only getting 1:11's for this downhill course) Lol! Speed really is relative isn't it.
After my half, I grabbed a bottle of water and ran slowly back up the course to find Lysa, who was pacing her brother Cam in his first half marathon. He did great, and it's always inspiring to see people triumph over extreme discomfort and conquer themselves! As we closed in on the finish, I heard, then saw, Kelli, as she was cheering for me. She looked a little confused like: "why is JD coming in around 2:30 for his half?" Lol! Her husband Scott ran the marathon today, I hope it went well for him. This, and the extended jog back to my car, netted me an additional 4.3 miles, giving me 18.4 miles for the day.
Ogden Marathon in 5 weeks.
WT 48.7 miles