A Runner's Ramblings: Volume 7; 2nd Edition
26.2 miles raced in 2012
Race: Outside the Ice Half Marathon
Place: Kearns, UT
Miles from home: 15 miles
I had originally scheduled a 10k race put on by part of my track club in SLC for this Saturday months ago. However, as plans changed, I realized that I needed a longer run for my training much more than I needed to test whatever speed I do not have right now in a short race. Almost assured of a less than stellar time in the 10k simply because of the amount of long miles I have put in while preparing for a 100 miler in March and eventually my 350 mile run in April, I ended up running the Outside the Ice Half Marathon in Kearns. Site of my 4 hour run on New Year's Eve, the course was quite simple: 47.75 laps of a 442 meter track. The only question which remained was how fast was I going to run.
When race morning came about, I was not feeling too spry. Running 13.1 miles would give me over 75 miles for the week after a 90+mile week 7 days prior. However, when Chris bounced in and said "Let's go for that PR!" I perked right up.
It was a simple format for us. Forty-seven and a third laps where we needed to average a 2:04 per lap in order to get a new personal best for him. With a 1:39:16 PR, Chris has a much faster time in him. He mostly does triathlons so has a much more balanced training approach, even possible leaning toward biking more than anything. Bang went the gun and away we went.
As we approached the halfway point only a few guys were in front of us. However, we loved watching them fly by as the leader, James, was heading for a 1:16 or so. I knew it would be difficult to do so, if only because of the bobbing and weaving necessary to navigate all the people running on the track. Almost everyone was very conscious of runners behind them but even the most aware person can get lost in their thoughts going around a loop 50 times.
What I enjoyed most about the race was watching all the different types of people in all the different types of shoes doing all different types of paces. I wondered if this person was on a quest to lose weight or simple enjoyed running. I wondered if this person was simply wanting to get out of the cold (even if SLC was experiencing an extremely mild winter). I wondered why I see some of the same people at races all over but they never seem to care to actually race. It is more like a party. I wonder all of these things. In a race of this nature, seeing all of the runners "behind" you over and over, it gets brought into your mind more often.
With just a few laps to go I was happy to be able to help Chris chase this PR. This was when he revealed to me he had also set a PR in the 5k the previous night. I thought he might have been kidding but then I saw he was serious. He was going to set two new PRs in about 12 hours time.
Regardless, I got my long run in and Chris got his PR. Nice way to start off a Saturday morning.