So here is the short of it -
Pocatello was great!
My official time was 3:17:42.
I was the sixth woman overall, 34th runner overall, and I won my age group (35-39).
That is a 10 minute PR from January, even with giving up three and a half to four minutes to stomach issues (although my stomach was MUCH improved from previous races, before, during and after the race. Much much improved. It left me really hopeful).
The time was not quite what I was shooting for, but I am really happy with this race. I ran tough, I enjoyed the process, and I was mentally strong the whole way. I did not go out too fast in the first half. When I was running almost completely alone for miles and miles and miles, I kept up the intensity and continued to race. When it got windy and there was no one to draft off of, I didn't get frustrated or give up, I just ran the best I could. When the first 13 miles of downhill ended and the uphills made my legs feel like jello and my pace slowed, I didn't give up, and I kept fighting. When the sun felt hot I reminded myself I had run in much hotter temps in Boston.
I picked people out and picked them off and fed off of the cheers of spectators and other runners (there were half marathoners, and 10k and 5k runners on the course as well and they were great).
It was not an easy day and I was hoping for a slightly faster time, but I am not disappointed. My stomach was improved, I felt mentally strong, I won my age group, it was a wonderful day, and it was a great race.
Coach Rick was very encouraging when I called him after the race, and he said he was proud. He said we still have a lot of work to do (to get to the Olympic Trials) but that we are moving in the right direction. I have three years to qualify for the Olympic Trials (a little longer than that even), and since three years ago I couldn't even break 30 minutes in a 5k, I am feeling confident and faithful. I am believing I can do it.
Two weeks and six days until the Denver Rock n Roll Marathon. :)
|I got a water bottle and a big Gerber Daisy|
If you want to the long story of Jennifer's first marathon (!!!!!) you can go see it on her blog here.
I am going to go enjoy this beautiful Sunday afternoon with Jennifer and my family.