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Sep 20

2010 Top of Utah Marathon Results

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I finished The Top of Utah Marathon in 3:41.  This is a new PR for me by 7 minutes.  I was really pleased with how I felt throughout the race using the Run Walk method.

IMG_9055 I have to admit it is really tough in the beginning. I felt great and it is really tough after half a mile to start walking.  A lot of people were looking at me like, “this guys never going to make it if he is already walking”.  I stuck to my guns though and stayed disciplined throughout the race, 4 minutes running to 1 minute of walking.

My pace for the first 13 miles was 8:21, second 7 miles was 8:31 and the last 6.2 was 8:37.  I felt as good as you could after running 26.2 miles and was very pleased with my time.  For me any time under 4 hours is a good time but I was shooting for a PR which previously was 3:48.

Just as an example of how the run walk helped me with my run here are my splits.  After 13 miles I was 45th in my division.  For the next 7 I was 41st.  For the last 6.2 I was 15th.  I ended up finishing 34th in my division.  I finished 350th out of the 1843 runners that finished the race.  Not too shabby for 40 years old, flat feet, bowed legs and a tendency towards drinking barley pop.

IMG_9053 I also made quite a few friends on the way. At different stages in the race people would say, “there he is again”, which would usually lead to a conversation during my run intervals.  I even met up with Holly, a fellow graduate from ISU, during the race.  We talked a few times during my intervals before she kicked in the NOS and left me in the dust.  Zack, from Colorado, and I passed each other quite a few times throughout most of the race.  I heard a chant of BSU coming from one group of runners who were wearing gray and orange so I assume they are from Boise.  I was told I was their pace car.  Some groups I would talk to a couple of times while they were passing me and others while I was passing them.

I believe I am sold on the Run Walk method of running for any of my races over 13.1.

11 Responses to “2010 Top of Utah Marathon Results”

  1. peter omae ayieni Says:

    i peter omae i enjoy marathon top of utha

  2. peter omae ayieni Says:

    hi am fine ,i peter omae i enjoy marathon top of utah

  3. SwimBikeRun Says:

    2:25:02, great time Peter! Nice job. I was right behind you with a 3:41 🙂

  4. Zack, from Colorado Says:

    Hey, thanks for the link and sharing the challenge. We leap frogged for miles. I did read about the run/walk technique when I got home and am going to give it a try on my next long run.
    You summed up my race in an earlier post that I read of yours:
    “I hit the wall around mile 22 and had to walk quite a bit and ended up taking a huge hit on my overall time.”
    It was frustrating watching you pull away as I gased out. I still got my main goal of under 4 but it was frustrating to know if I could have maintained I would have shaved so much time.
    Anyhow, job well done and shoot me a link after your future marathon!

  5. SwimBikeRun Says:

    Thank you. It was nice having someone to chat with throughout the run. Made the run go by quicker.

    I was surprised the run walk turned out that well for me. I was hoping to, but didn’t think I would, PR. I ended up PRing by 7 minutes.

    It’s amazing how the minutes can add up once you’ve located the wall.

  6. Heather Says:

    Hey, my time was 3:41 as well. But I am curious, were you wearing a gps and if so what was your final distance? Mine said I ran 26.6, and about 7 other friends of mine who did the race had their watch say 26.4 and 26.5. One of my friends who is a seasoned marathoner (this was my first) said she cut every corner and her watch said 26.46. It seemed to be quite a bit off. I didn’t cut corners as well as I should, but I was so bummed as I realized how off I was going to be on my calculations for what pace I needed to qualify for boston because of this discrepancy. Nice job on the race! It was a great one.

  7. SwimBikeRun Says:

    Mine said 26.46 and my friends said 26.4. What time did you need to qualify? This was my PR so I was pretty happy with it. I cut corners most of the way. My watch was going off about the same time as the people running around me. I would notice mine vibrating when others were beeping.

    What is your next race? Good luck on qualifying for Boston Heather.

  8. Heather Says:

    Hey! I needed 3:40!! So missed it by one minute. SOOOO disappointing. But that is ok, leaves a challenge for the next one. Now I just need to decide what one to do, I am thinking possible the snow canyon half in St. George. Not sure when I will do another marathon, but I am excited about it! Good job on your PR.

  9. Jack Says:

    Congrats on beating your PR and for the successful application of such a unique approach- the run/walk method. Never heard of it before but it sounds like it worked well, especially if you improved your time and you weren’t sore after.
    I too finished at 3:41 and wasn’t too happy with my time. This is my 3rd marathon in a year and I was hoping to qualify for boston on this one. I was right on track for the first 13 miles running at around 7 1/4 min/mile pace and then slowly everything started cramping up. Bad stomach cramps and pain in kidneys around 18miles which forced me to run walk the rest of the race (not by choice).
    I later found out that I made the mistake of taking Advil before the race which apparently caused the problems. Advil and Ibuprofen are NSAIDs which cause cramping and kindney pains etc. Next time I will try taking tylenol if I need a pain reliever. Anyone have experience with this?
    Needless to say my pace was about a minute off what it needed to be for Boston but given the circumstances I was happy just to finish. My PR was from my first marathon at St. George last fall of 3:27. Hoping to beat that at least! Like Heather said, it will give me a challange for the next race : )
    As for the GPS distance measurement, my Garmin also read longer 26.4 miles and consider my unit pretty calibrated.
    Oh well, back to the drawing board for training again. Anyone have ideas for shaving off a full minute of my pace. Thanks!

  10. SwimBikeRun Says:

    Hi Jack,

    I’ve used Tylenol before the race and during and haven’t had any issues. I haven’t used Ibuprofen before hand. Sorry about the cramping.

    I heard about the Run Walk method from Jeff Galloway who was a guest speaker before the Ogden Marathon my first year running that one. This is the first time I did as he suggested with the 4 to 1 ratio. I did 1 mile to 1 minute before but still seemed to bonk a little at the end.

    Good luck at your next race. The Ogden Marathon is a great run too. It is a pretty fast course. That’s where I had my previous PR for the full and half marathons. I finished this year in the half in 1:38.

  11. SwimBikeRun Says:

    Hey Heather,

    I looked up your race time and what you needed to qualify after I read your comments. Sooooooo close. Good luck on the next one.

    I commented to Jack about the Ogden Marathon. It is a pretty fast race and a similar run to The Top of Utah. One thing I liked better about Ogden is that there is less time in the city and more time in the hills. The last mile is a straight run through the middle of town. Other than that you are coming down the canyon or running through a park.

    Take care and good luck.

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