Sore, stressed and tired I woke up this morning with ZERO motivation to even show up at this race. But I had to see how my body would react . . . . the situation today basically simulated what it is going to be like to race st george, if I make it.
Anyways, wanted a big warm up today because I needed some miles. Woke up at 6, went through my routine and got up to the race LONG before the start. I ran on the road the race was on, up by the capitol and through memory grove for 5.25 miles.
At the start of the race is when I first started to feel the competitive juices get moving, but having just run the course I new that I couldn't go out too fast. The first part of the race was uphill, even though it looks downhill, and it was into a strong head-wind. So I took it pretty easy for the first mile and ran it in 7:19, the next mile was also up hill, but the wind was at our backs, so I was able to push it a bit more but was still holding back 7:06. Mile 3 I turned it on down-hill with a tail-wind and ran it in 6:21, with the last .1 taking 37 sec.
Overall I was pretty happy that everything went well during the race, with no pain and feeling good. The only problem was that I probably would have pr'd if I had run hard the whole way, oh well.
Then after the race is when the real negatives set in as I went on my 2.25 cool down run. Simply put, the IT band tightened up, and is really bothering me.