The 2016 St. George Half Race Recap

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I always try to find an inspiring quote to focus on for an upcoming race.  A mantra that sets the tone for what I want a particular race to feel like.  Before the St. George Half Marathon, I found this one from the amazing Lauren Fleshman, and it spoke to my heart.

“Fear is gradually replaced by excitement and a simple desire to see what you can do on the day.”

That was my desire, to replace fear with excitement and see what’s possible.  But the truth is, I’m not there yet.  I haven’t transitioned to replacing nerves and anxiety with enthusiasm, but it’s one of the goals I’m working on.  I think what I was lacking as I approached this race was mental confidence.  My treadmill crash (see previous blog post) and hematoma threw off  some crucial training early in the month and I think it weakened my mental toughness.  Sometimes extra stress becomes a distraction that turns into a mental drain.  I know stress is part of this amazing experience called life, so there’s no avoiding it, but it’s a good reminder that I need to focus training the mental side of racing along with the physical.  After the race I had a good conversation with my coach, I told him the truth that every time I looked at my watch it felt like I was working harder than the time showed.  A 6:40 mile felt like the effort of a 6:15 or a 6:20.  He said, some days just end up that way, and we made a plan to move forward and test out the speed on a different half marathon next month and continue training for Boston.

Whew! That was a lot of cathartic reflection on the mental portion of last weekend’s race, so now let me show the great parts of the race and why no matter what challenge it brings, I love running.

The city of St. George knows how to put on a great race! Packet pickup was seamless and I am always amazed at the number of volunteers who give their time to make these races come together.

The city of St. George knows how to put on a great race! Packet pickup was seamless and I am always amazed at the number of volunteers who give their time to make these races come together.

I used to write mile splits and goal times on my bib, but now I like to write a few inspiring words that I check in with right before the race starts.

I used to write mile splits and goal times on my bib, but now I like to write a few inspiring words that I check in with right before the race starts.

Running with friends and cheering them on is one of the best parts of every race. My amazing friend, Amber won this half with a time of 1:19! She is the most dedicated, hard-working, inspiring runner I know.

Running with friends and cheering them on is one of the best parts of every race. My amazing friend, Amber won this half with a time of 1:19! She is the most dedicated, hard-working, inspiring runner I know.

This is at about mile nine. Although my face doesn't show it, this is one of the most beautiful parts of the course. I was looking at a beautifully snow covered Pine Valley Mountain.

This is at about mile nine. Although my face doesn’t show it, this is one of the my favorite parts of the course, I love running along the Virgin River Trail and looking at a beautiful, snow-covered Pine Valley Mountain.

This is post race celebration picture. Friends make every journey happy.

This is a post race celebration picture. Friends make every journey happy.

I was able to get 16th overall, 4th female, and first in my age group. The city of St. George gave out the most unique trophies that were a replica of the locally famous "Dixie Rock." The wonderful St. George Running Center donates the best prizes at all the races, because what do all runner really want? New shoes! and that's just what got. I'm so grateful for their support.

I was able to get 16th overall, 4th female, and first in my age group with a time of 1:25. The city of St. George gave out the most unique trophies that were a replica of the locally famous “Dixie Rock.” The wonderful St. George Running Center donates the best prizes at all the races, because what do all runners really want? New shoes! And that’s just what got. I’m so grateful for their support.

I’m always so thankful to finish any race.  I’m grateful for the lessons and the celebrations.  I’m grateful for this sport that challenges me to continue to chase my dreams.  Being open to the lessons of race day and appreciating the gift of running is such an important part of running our lives.  If you want to come run the St. George Half next year click here for more information. Happy running friends!

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4 thoughts on “The 2016 St. George Half Race Recap

    • Katie Guisinger says:

      Thank you Lisa! That mental piece is just a critical as all the training we put our bodies through. Happy running my friend!

    • Katie Guisinger says:

      Thank you so much Jennifer. The best thing about races not going the way you hope is that you really do learn so much. Happy running my friend!

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