Salt Lake 10 miler

Today ended my five week training for the Salt Lake 10 miler, and started my training for an upcoming 1/2 marathon this April. Today’s race began at Little Dell Reservoir and headed up the road to Little Mountain, and down Emmigration canyon ending at “This is the Place”. After the first 1 1/2 to 2 mile climb we then descended down Emmigration past snow-capped mountains, streams, and wooded hillsides. The weather was a perfect 50 degrees for our 8am start. The first 5 miles I felt great cruising up and down at an eight minute per mile pace. The second half, didn’t go quite as well. I was able to follow my training schedule to the “T” over the past 5 weeks, but unfortunately, that came at the cost of today. This was my fourth day of a running stretch leaving my legs quite sore from the beginning. After the first five miles, I was spent. I pushed ahead to mile 8 but then began to slow down finishing completely exhausted. Overall, I felt great about my end time of 59th out of 294 people with a sub 8 minute mile average crossing the finish line at 1 hour 19 minutes and 45 seconds. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel as well physically as I would have liked too. Over the next two weeks, I plan to continue running in prep for a 1/2 marathon on April 16th.