Painter's 1/2 marathon

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PRs: 2:26:29 marathon @ St.George'14; 1:09:55 1/2 mar. '08; 31:00 10k '07

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My perfect day would include a run through the desert, time with my wife and girls, tasty homemade meals, and a nice nap in the middle.

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decided to take a day off after being sick yesterday. Still not feeling that great by the evening.



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Woke up feeling very sick again. I thought I had beat this flu bug, but it keeps coming back. Kept me out of school and in bed pretty much the whole day. Has me a bit worried for the race. I need to get feeling better now, so I can get my energy up and a few runs under me this week.



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Felt a little better until lunch, but decided I needed to run anyway.  Went with Ruth up to Green Springs Trailhead.  Noticed that the developers are tearing up more of the desert up there to build more houses and roads.  I wish they could get past the greed of money and let the area stay beautiful for what it is.  I mean there are over 1000 homes for sale in the St. George area, plenty of places for people to pick from right now without ruining the landscape.  Anyway, I am done ranting - for now!
About 4 steps into the run I began to worry.  Stomach was turning and things were churning.  But after about a 1/2 mile it calmed down a bit.  And that's the way it went for the entire run - about 1/2 mile feeling good, then 1/2 feeling pretty crappy. 
Still feeling crappy this morning (thursday).  I don't think I have ever had a flu bug hold on this long.  Any Secret Remedies out there?  I will try anything to get feeling better for this weekend.

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Nothing today - stomach still giving quite a bit of problems.



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The race? Why I am sick still? I am very frustrated... maybe even mad about this whole thing. You train hard and try and get ready for something and BAM just like that it is all blown out of the water. Even when I got sick initially Sunday morning I thought - well at least I'll be better in a few days at the most and have most of the week to get my strength back up and be feeling good for the 1/2. But now the sickness has held on clear up to today and I don't know why it would get any better tonight. I'll try to run a few today and see if my stomach cooperates at all and if I even have any energy to try and run hard.




ended up not running today

Race: Painter's 1/2 marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:14:42, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
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Went to bed not knowing if I was going to run or not - woke up feeling pretty good. I was excited about not having the stomach turning and decided to just give it a shot. Warmed up a few miles in the freezing cold, stomach turned a little but I figured I would still work to get my goal time and see what happened. Went out pretty quick with Hobie (but not too quick - he is a smart experienced racer and knows what to do to run fast). He easily pulled away at about 1 1/2 miles. I let him go because I was hitting times about 15-20 seconds a mile faster than planned already and didn't need to kill myself early - 5:30's instead of 5:50-5:40. The problem was then I was hung out to dry. Hobie ran hard and hit a 1:07, 3rd place ended up a few minutes behind me, so there I was. Kept running hard, despite the desire to slow down and give into the IDEA that I had been sick (I was proud of myself for that). Was still on pace for my 1:12 until the Bloomington loop. On these miles (8-11) I could feel the lack of energy in my body and my legs really tightened up. My stomach also started churning and I wondered if I was going to lose it. Luckily no. Cold I don't think was too much of an issue - more the depletion of fuels my flu had taken from me. At this point I was planning on hitting 5:20's, but I actually only needed to hit 5:30's because of the stronger first miles. I couldn't go, however, and no matter how much I pushed I was still only hitting high 5:50's (but nothing into the 6:00's - so a small victory). Back on the trail I finished at the same 5:50's pace for the last 2. I kept pushing even though I had lost my 1:12 I could still get a PR and under 1:15 which would be pleasing. Ended up 2nd a very distant 2nd to Hobie, but I was happy about the race under the circumstances. Now to keep recovering and get ready for Boston. Time 1:14:42 a 5:42 mile ave.

To cool down, I ran back down the race a mile and helped Ruth finish - but she didn't need it. She was flying and caught the 2nd woman to finish 2nd woman overall and a time of 1:30 (very good for a high school girl). I think this has provided a very strong base for her track season this year.



(15.1 miles were in Ohana Racers - 2 in NB's)

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