Monday, October 4, 2010

St George Marathon 2010 Race Report


I know I have said it many times.. I LOOOOOVE the St. George Marathon! I love the course! I love running in the desert! I love how the sun hits Snow Canyon in the morning! I love running by the volcanoes! I love running 26.2 miles! Saturday was a great day for me!

Half way up to the start I realized I forgot my Immodium! At that point my only thoughts were of Beth over at Shut Up And Run. No need to say more..(:  After the initial panic was gone, I relaxed and enjoyed the rest of the bus ride. And as it turned out I only had to stop off at the loo once (mile 16).

As I got off the bus, I knew it was going to be a hot day. I didn't even need my gloves! Someone said it was a record high for the STG marathon. In the six times I have run this race, I don't remember it ever being as warm as it was on Saturday.

I felt great from my first step. Everything seemed to just gel and there were no problems with my knee, in fact, there was no pain in my knee the entire race! Yay! I had to shed my long sleeves a half mile into the run. At every aid station I took two cups of water, one to drink and one to dump on my head. And towards the end I was dumping 3 cups on my head. I know that is what kept me going. I saw more full shuttles and medical help this year than in years past. Lots of people were affected by the heat.

Can I just say, if you are going to wear pea green, you shouldn't wear it from head to toe. Especially if you are a man. (You know who you are!) But more importantly, if you are going to wear pea green and fart repeatedly for six steps please have the common courtesy to keep it muffled... Now let me explain. As I was running up the Veyo hill I saw this guy who reminded me of the Jolly Green Giant. He was wearing green shoes, green compression socks, green shorts,  green head band and green wrist bands. As I got closer, over my music, I could hear him farting with every step. I  know we all do it, but I think most of us try to do it with a little discretion. We've all been running along and realized we just got a mouthful of fart, but when you get the audible with it... I quickly 'changed lanes' and passed his green arse.

The race was pretty uneventful for me other than "The Green Machine." The miles seemed to fly by and I just enjoyed the day. The last 3 miles seemed harder than usual. I appreciated so much the energy and encouragement the spectators gave. I made the final turn to the finish line and I was really feeling the heat. The National Guard was there along that last stretch. I was comforted knowing that if I needed help, they were there.  As always, the St George marathon was awesome! If you haven't run it, make sure you put it on your to do list!

22 down...18 to go!  Keep running!

21 comments:

Laura said...

Thanks for following my blog! I'm looking forward to reading more of yours :-)

Denise said...

love the farting green machine!! nothing like a mouth full of someone's colon while you're running. great job!!

ShutUpandRun said...

Well I'm honored you thought of me even if it was b/c you forgot the immodium. Glad your stomach held up!!

Marci said...

Sounds like you had a really great run despite the heat... what a beautiful place St.George is, sorry we didn't run into each other. Congratulations!

misszippy said...

The green machine sounds just lovely! Glad you had a good day, even w/o the immodium!

Lisa said...

I REALLY wanted to run that race. I signed up and didn't get in the lottery. Maybe next year.

My friend couldn't finish St. George this year due to the heat. He has heart issues and his HR got way too high.

Thanks for the report...

Carly said...

You made me laugh out loud!!! Love it!

lindsay said...

mmm a mouthful of fart! sign me up. lol. congrats on another marathon! just noticed the little caesar sponsorship (not sure how long it's been there) but sweet deal! hope you get some free pizza :)

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Great to hear you had such a great race - especially in the heat! The water on the head was a smart idea!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Congrats on #22 and on doing so great! I hope to run it again next year; if I get in, we HAVE to finally work it out to meet!

Great race report!

The Happy Runner said...

Wow, 22. That's awesome -- congrats on another fun marathon!

H Love said...

way to go!!!

Will said...

I love that course. As for the green guy, you know that is just one of the hazards of any marathon. Nice to see you took it in stride. Keep it real!

Tricia said...

whoohoo

Janice {Run Far} said...

yay! congrats. I am so jealous. STG is my fave as well.

Meg said...

You cracked me up, too funny! I'm glad you had a fun race!

Tom said...

Congratulations. Sounds like a great run your you. That would be nice if all marathons went that smooth. I also heard it was one of the hottest St. George Marathons on record.

Glenn Jones said...

I've heard so many good things about St. George from a lot of my friends who have run it. Maybe next year.....

Goose said...

I just wanted to tell you that you have KILLER legs. I'm jealous.

Christina said...

Green Farting Machine ... haha!
Some men seriously need some help with their outfits, don't they?
Two ladies with whom I work with when I was in college ran St. George too.
Looks like a pretty pretty place to run. Good job on feeling good throughout the race.

shenx said...

Cool that you can still have a great time running under the heat of the sun...Good job...!!!

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