Placement: 17th out of 99 men (~25th overall) 1st out of 9 (40-44)
Race Website: http://www.legacymidnightrun.com/
Course Map: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6001050
Weather: low 80's and semi humid.
On Friday, I ran the Legacy Midnight Half Marathon in Farmington Utah. This is my 3rd year in doing this race as now appears to be a summer tradition. Unfortunately, it is also a reminder that I am getting a bit slower every year. This year's 1:52 was passable and it got me into the hardware, but I was really hoping to at least meet or exceed last year's race. You can read about last year's experience here on my blog, in which I ran a 1:49. In 2012 I ran a blistering 1:39.
The race works like this: You arrive at the Farmington Legacy Events Center around 8pm, pick up your t-shirt (which is exactly the same as the Provo Midnight Half Marathon), board a school bus no later than 9pm and make a 13 mile trip south on the freeway to a "secret" location in North Salt Lake (if you look at the course map it really isn't a secret). Around 10pm you start the race running north along the bike trail. It is a pretty easy route to follow with only a few (and this year well marked) turns. While I carried my headlamp, I rarely used it other than to check my progress on my watch. We had a full moon as well as wearable
neon glowsticks, so as you progressed north you'd see glowing and bobbing lines and circles.
The course had a few mile markers and I did manage to get pretty close to lapping my miles on my Garmin:
|1-2||17:03||Missing the first mile market. Pretty good splits though, 8:30's which is what I wanted|
|3||8:45||I was holding back here a little, perhaps too much|
|4||8:19||Picked it up|
|5||8:19||Picked it up|
|6||8:19||Keeping it consistent|
|7||8:33||Held back a little|
|8||8:21||Back on target|
|10||9:33||Stopped and got a rock out of my shoe. Was feeling it here|
|11||8:31||Back on target|
|12||9:12||Hurting but managing|
|Total Miles: 13:05|
Once again, around mile 5 my right hamstring got tight. It would squeeze a bit and then let up. Every few miles it would feel like it needed a good stretch. I've been stretching it and foam rolling but it looks like when I increase the pace it likes to get angry with me. I suspect mentally it affected me more than anything, as I half expected it to cramp up.
While the race appears short, around mile 7 I ran under a .10 mile long bridge and my GPS lost contact in there. I am not sure how my Garmin recalibrates itself after reconnecting with the satellites, but it might be lost distance. I suspect the course was very accurate.
My goal was to start the first 3 miles with the 1:50 pace group in my sights and then after mile 3 start to increase my pace until I caught and eventually passed him. I was making good ground on him until about mile 7 (I think I could still see him in the distance until mile 10 or so). The humidity (as far as Utah goes it was a semi humid night) and my bothersome hamstring made me realize tonight wasn't my night.
Either way, what I like about this race is I again maintained for the most part pretty even splits (although I faded in the last 2 miles). Normally I start out fast and have to drag myself to the finish. This time around, I held on pretty well and managed to move up the leader board a bit in that I passed about 3 - 4 runners near the end of the race
Afterwards, I picked up my award and headed home. While I chatted with a few people at the race, I didn't really know anyone. If the finisher's medal and the age group award look familiar, it is because they are: they are the same as the sister race that was two weeks ago in Provo (as well as the t-shirt). Sort of a disappointment in a way but I am sure it helps keep costs down.
|Posing before the race|
|Finish line around midnight|
|Posing with my age group award|
|Age group and finisher's medal|
|Semi-official runner's card|
|Map / pace from Garmin|