2009 Top of Utah Marathon


One wasn’t enough… had to do more. It’s kind of funny, actually. The thrill of finishing the marathon really makes you forget the pain of training for it in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy running, but it is quite the time commitment, and I was rather eager for the marathon to be done and out of the way a couple weeks ago. Now that it’s done I’m thinking “That was so awesome! When can I do another one?”

The thing that was really neat about this one was running it with my family. I had three siblings (one brother and two sisters) run this with me, and that made it so much more enjoyable! My brother and I ran ahead of the girls at about mile 4 or 5, but the two of us stayed together for the entire marathon. It was really neat. Both of us feel like we helped the other to run a little faster at different times, and we enjoyed talking with each other (for the first half at least–the second half we didn’t talk so much).

This course was pretty nice–overall I like the Ogden better, I think, but I actually didn’t mind the last part of this track being on the streets as much as I thought it would. The nice thing about Ogden is that when you get into the city the route goes onto a river trail, and so you don’t run on a street until the very end–like the last half or three-quarters of a mile. However, the problem with the river trail is that there is a whole lot of little ups and downs that really wore me out. In this one we spent a lot more time in the town on the street, with accompanying smell of oil and tar, but the ups and downs were not nearly so severe.

My final time on this was 3:45:37, so I can be proud of the fact that I am 8 seconds faster than I was in May (Boston, here I come!). I actually am pretty pleased with that time–I didn’t use the mp3 player, and I didn’t train nearly as well. I did have the Ogden under my belt, so I had a better idea of what I was getting myself into.

Some highlights:

  • I rather like the Boston qualifying strategy offered by another marathoner, who was explaining that the older you are, the longer the qualifying time is. His strategy was as follows: “As long as I keep this pace; eventually I will qualify”
  • The sign that read: “I thought you said 2.62 miles!”
  • Oranges!
  • The stars as we reached the starting point–they were amazingĀ (the fact that it was still pitch-black was not a highlight).
  • Having all four of us finishing the marathon.