AM: SAND HOLLOW MARATHON
Ben, Ken, and I went down South this weekend to participate in the Sand Hollow Marathon in Hurricane, UT (just north of St. George). The plan was to get a practice marathon in, practice nutrition and fueling etc. I also wanted to test if my mucous problem was solved or not. The race has a very small town feel. There's about 150 runners and it's a loop course with a lot of hills, but it's extremely beautiful and really a fun course. For those looking for a change from the downhill screamers in Utah, this is a fun marathon.
Race started at 7:00. I woke up at 5:30 and ate half an engery bar and a Honeystinger Waffle. I was already well hydrated so I only drank about 4 ounces pre-race. We got there around 6:40 and used the restroom. No warm up.
The plan was to let our bodies naturally work the pace to 6:00/mile and then hold it there. Ben got a bit anxious and we got there by mile 3. After that we got in a groove right around 5:55/mile effort and held it all the way. It was way fun to run every step with both Ken and Ben. After the race lots of chocolate milk, Pepsi, Einstein bagels, and Domino's Pizza at the refreshment area at the finish!
Splits (when I tried to transfer to Garmin Connect it dumped my last month of data, so I don't have my splits, but these are from Ben's with the difference I know of in miles 18-21): 6:31 6:24 6:04 5:59 6:04 6:03 5:41 5:46 5:49 5:59 5:57 5:56 5:57 5:52 6:06 6:04 5:56 6:20 6:13 5:57 6:00 6:01 5:51 5:57 5:53 5:42 and 4:58 for last .06 (course was short).
PM: 3-mile shakeout, avg pace 7:59/mile.