Sunday, April 18, 2010

Salt Lake City Marathon Race Report

Yesterday was a perfect day for running a marathon! The weather was beautiful, cool and sunny.

After hitting the porta potty at the start line, I went and sat on a curb and just people watched until it was time to start. It was fun to see all the different types of runners pre-race. The nervous first timers, the veteran runners, young, old, big, small...I really enjoyed just watching and relaxing. I didn't feel nervous, just grateful to be there. I knew the course and since this was my 16th marathon, I knew what was in store and what to expect over the next few hours.

I got a little teary eyed during the National Anthem and then the gun went off. It just felt good to be out there running. The first part of the course was my old stomping ground...we ran the same roads that I ran when I first started running over 15 years ago...so it was very nastalgic for me. At mile 5, in Sugarhouse park, I needed to stop for a potty break. The porta potties had a pretty big line, but since it was a park, there were real toilets up ahead. I ended up going into the men's room...all is fair in a race, right? :)

I had just passed Highland High School when I saw my friend Leslie on her bike. It was fun to see a familiar face! She snapped a couple of pics and then went on her way.


At about mile 7 I found my friend Susie from LocoMotion Running Club. I miss running with them. Susie and I ran together and talked for the next 7 miles and it was great to catch up with her.

The rest of the race was pretty uneventful except for spectators calling out, "Go Little Caesar!"
I finished strong and felt great! NO NAUSEA... through out the entire race! Yay, me!


Thanks again to Little Caesars for making this possible! 16 down, 24 to go!
Keep running!

25 comments:

Janice {Run Far} said...

awww, you look so darn cute. Go little Caesers.... Go Stacey.

akjenniekt said...

Congrats on your race- YAY #16 :)!

misszippy said...

That's awesome. So glad you had a good day. I am amazed at your ability to race so many (and recover in between!).

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

CONGRATS!! Hey you have not updated your miles on the Tall Mom 1,000+++ club, I am SURE you have tons of miles..

Love that you do not get nervous....with only 1 under my belt I am OBSESSIVE.

Is that shirt a technical shirt or cotton?

Denise said...

congrats!!! sounds like you had a fun day. and i know i'll always feel that same way when i run philly, it's just nice to run through an area that's special to you.

Erick said...

You are my hero! Oh yea, the sequence looks awesome too! Ganbarimasu Yo!

Running for Me said...

Way to go!

skinnyrunner.com said...

congrats on #16!

Whitney said...

Yes - Devine is the worst. It's so disappointing when they have such a HUGE turnout for the race.
Congrats on #16!

Emz said...

YAY for you. Soooooo happy you commented! love your blog!

Mark said...

Congratulations!!!

Sherri said...

Oh My goodness! you are crazy! 24 more to go! I need to get my 1 in! I love coming along for the ride...or the watch!

I love your pictures...you look beautiful and your running a marathon...what? Amazing!

robison52 said...

Congrats!! In the spirit of the movie, "Hangover," I just have to ask, ...is that the real little Caesar?

Marlene said...

Congrats on # 16! Great outfit!

Psyche said...

Hi, Stacey!
Congratulations! Wow, you have a big goal, but you seem to be achieving it so effortlessly:)

Looking forward to following you for the next 24...

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Congrats on #16! Great conditioning must make the miles easier because you look fabulous in your after picture!

Jaclyn said...

Reading about one woman doing sixteen marathons gives me hope that I can maybe run just one :) Thanks for being an inspiration

Julie said...

Woo hoo, way to go:) Sounds like you had an awesome day!! You look very happy...gorgeous smile:)

BTW: I have you on my blog roll but your updated posts do not g to move up on my list??? Not sure why? I will just have to check your blog for new posts:)

joyRuN said...

Woohooo on #16!!!

You're gonna be rocking the remaining 24 :)

The Happy Runner said...

Love the pics. Congrats on #16.

Jen said...

Holy cow, girl! You are amazing! Little Caesers was my first job. Oh I can still smell the grease! I love your goal and can't wait to follow along and see you achieve it! And doing the salt is an article on Runner's world. I have a link on my blog a couple of posts down but if you search on their site you should be able to find it. It's been a lifesaver for me. And it's just little packets of salt!

Kiesha said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog. You weren't kidding when you said races motivate you. IMPRESSIVE! Glad to see the TOU is on your list. I'm from Northern Utah and I LOVE that marathon. I'm sending some good vibes your way that you'll stay healthy and meet your big goal. Best Wishes!

Danna said...

Hey- enjoyed your race report. You are doing awesome! Keep up the hard work. Our team ran the SL half! Love- Danna
www.sherunslikeagirl.blogspot.com

Sherry said...

Congrats on #16!!!

Amy said...

So cute...Looks the run is lot of joyful moment...I love the post nice!!!

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