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Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 4h 51m
Overall Rank = 703/985
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 227/358
Pre-race routine:

Got up around 3:45am--which is about my usual wake up time. Because of all the running around I had done the day before at my daughter's softball tournament, all I had to eat was left over spaghetti and some bread, but I figured a carb is a carb and decided that would do for a pre-race meal. Took some Pepto chews to help stave off any GI issues.
Event warmup:

Got up to the Olympic Legacy Bridge with plenty of time to spare. Hopped in the Porta-Potty line two or three times, did a little stretching. About ten minutes before race start, I had to pee again, but of course the lines were ridiculous. I took a little jog around the area and found a secluded contruction area and figured why not. Dropped trow. As I was leaving a man was heading my way--he had the same idea.
  • 4h 51m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 07s  min/mile

My goal was to run 4:30, totally doable based on my training. I ran pretty conservatively the first ten miles and hung by the 4:45 pace guy. The second ten miles I was between the 4:45 pacer and the 4:30 pacer. About mile 18 I realized I needed to slow down...the heat was really starting to hit me. As I passed the mile 19 sign I heard a man beside me groan. I turned to look at him and he laughed and said "I thought this was mile 20! Now I have to run mile 19 again!' We both laughed and chugged along chatting for the next mile or so. After mile 20 I knew I needed some music, so put the headphones in and away I went...pretty slowly. My pace really fell off miles 18-26. The heat just got to me. I had a few near miss calf cramps, stopped once to stretch them on the curb. I saw so many people walking off cramps, stretching, and hobbling along. The last half mile was a constant chant of 'don't cramp, don't cramp'. Made it with no muscle cramps or GI issues!
What would you do differently?:

Really, nothing. I did the best I could under the conditions. I knew the heat was going to be difficult for me to handle--it didn't break me, it just slowed me down!
Post race
Warm down:

I found the man I had heard tell a couple of guys that his goal was to break 5 hours. He finished just ahead of me. When I found him he was holding his daughter and his wife was taking his picture. I walked right up to him and said "I'm so happy for you! You made your goal! Congratulations!" He looked dumbfounded until I explained I heard him way back around mile 3 tell a few people his goal.
I walked back to my hotel room, showered, jumped in the car and drove right back up to my daughter's softball tournament in time for her third game. I ended up only missing 2 of her six games of the tournament. What a hoot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Ummm...lack of good running genetics, short legs, the heat.

Event comments:

The race swag was non-existent. The SLC Marathon ownership changed hands a few months before the race so I knew it'd be bare bones, but it was even worse than that. At packet pickup we got our bib and a tshirt handed to goody bag, no goodies at all. The expo was about 10% of what it usually is. But, I expect next year will be better. The course was well supported--that is the important part.

Last updated: 2012-01-03 12:00 AM
04:51:00 | 26.2 miles | 11m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 227/358
Overall: 703/985
Performance: Good
Course: The course wound all over Salt Lake City--through Sugarhouse Park, beautiful neighborhoods, and long stretches of parkways, finally ending up right downtown.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-04-22 7:59 PM

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2012-04-22 10:55 PM
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Central Kansas
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You are supermom. I can't believe you ran a marathon and sat through most of the games of a softball tournament.

Great run -- heat is a bugger.

2012-04-23 9:43 AM
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Englewood, Florida
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Kim, good job on the run. Your legs must have been tightening up while you sat and watched the softball games. Ouch. You are a trooper, that is for sure.
2012-04-23 9:47 AM
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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nice job Teech!!!  Congrats!!!
2012-04-23 11:28 AM
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Thanks guys!  It was slow, but I got the job done! Smile
2012-04-23 12:38 PM
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Placitas, New Mexico
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I tell people the finishing time doesn't tell the whole story. 

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