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Monday, December 9, 2013

Tri States Marathon Recap!

I'm back home in freezing cold, snowy Kentucky, after an amazing weekend!
Thursday I flew out to Las Vegas to meet Clarinda and run the Tri States Marathon with her. This would be my 3rd marathon and I was determined to make it better than my Chicago experience!
 If you want to hear about my first couple of days in Vegas, read here!

We drove an hour and a half Friday night to our hotel in Mesquite, picked up our packets, had dinner and went to bed early. (Well, at least Clarinda went to bed early!)
I woke up at 4:45 on Saturday morning, and by 6 we were on the bus, headed to the start line. The race started out in Utah, then to Arizona, and ended in Nevada.

It was very cold!
This was a very small race, only 100 runners!

  Clarinda suggested we do the 10:1 method and it worked wonderfully! I had never done intervals before. I usually just run until I feel like I need to walk, and then go back and forth that way. But running 10 minutes, and then walking 1 minute made a big difference! I think it helped me not feel so completely drained at the end. I will definitely be doing this from now on!

  The views along the course were just breathtaking. I have never ran in such a beautiful place. Unfortunately my phone has not been working well, and died before the race even started! So I wasn't able to take any pictures. But I found someone else who did, and got their permission to use them.

The first 16 miles of the race were at a very nice downhill. But after that we sure paid for it. It was almost non stop major hills until the very end. They said it was mostly downhill, but I believe it was mostly uphill!

They had quite a few aid stations, with absolutely amazing volunteers. They were all so cheerful and encouraging- and they were freezing themselves. I'm very thankful for all of them!
 The aid stations had twizzlers (yum), m&m's, and pretzels. Along with water and Heed and gels. It was so nice to have such a variety of snacks, and taking in a little sugar helped too.

About mile 20, after running hills for a couple miles, and only seeing hills ahead, it started getting real hard mentally. I didn't have music because my ipod shuffle was dead from the very beginning. I thought it had been charging overnight, but apparently it hadn't. Although Clarinda and I stayed together the whole time, I really needed music to take my mind off of things. So she turned on her music, and that helped so much. It also helped that she would sing along and personalize the song just for me!

  I have decided from now on every race I run I'm taking her along. She is the most encouraging, cheerful person ever! She never once complained at all. I can't say the same for myself!

 And finally...the finish line! We finished in 5:21. A 13 minute PR for me, and her first marathon in 10 years (also her 3rd). I was so happy!

This was a beautiful, fun race, but very difficult too! I'm pretty sure without all those mountains to climb, we would've made it in 5:00. 

After waiting in the cold for about 30 minutes for our bus to pick us up, we headed back to the hotel.
That night we celebrated at Grind Burger Bar & Lounge. I can't remember the last time I had a burger, probably years, but I enjoyed one Saturday night! Can you tell?

Acting a little more civilized.
I had an amazing time in Las Vegas and with Clarinda. She is so sweet and I really feel like I've made a friend for life. I was a little sad to leave. Especially knowing I would be on a plane all day long, on sore legs!
This morning I am extremely sore and having a hard time walking. I blame it on being in a cramped, small space all day long yesterday.  

Flying over the desert was incredible!!
I've heard a lot of times that not every run/race can be good, and I experienced that in Chicago. Even though that was only 2.5 months ago, the journey to this marathon was different. I've been determined to figure out how to fuel correctly (no more Gatorade!), and just determined that this marathon would be GOOD. And it was. 
I loved the journey this marathon took me on!

Read Clarinda's recap here!



  1. Loved your recap, Katie! And even more, I loved running this with you. :) I really can't thank you enough for flying out to Vegas for this marathon. I'd love to run another one with you one day.

    1. You are so welcome, I had a great time. We'll definitely do another one- maybe NYC. ;)

  2. Again Katie congrats on an awsome PR race!

  3. Well done, that is an awesome PR!! And what stunning scenery along the way!

  4. Love your recap! I used to live near St. George where the race starts. I haven't run this one yet, but possibly one day:) They had some freakishly cold weather last weekend, so I am glad you survived the freeze:) Congratulations, way to go!!!

    1. Thanks so much!! They said the weather wasn't normally that cold, that it was unusual. Let me know if you run it someday!!

  5. That sounds like a fun race!

  6. Katie Doll, your recap is well written and entertaining. I'm proud of my little big girl.

    1. Thank you so much Daddy! I'm proud to be your little big girl! :)

  7. So proud of you, my Kathryn. You're amazing.

  8. Congrats on a great race and a PR to boot! I loved your race report!

  9. loved your recap!! and GREAT work on your race!! you are so inspiring! xoxo

    1. Thank you Elizabeth! And thank you SO much for your encouraging texts. They always give me that extra push I need. xoxo

  10. What a pretty race! I love your outfits! Congrats on the PR!!!!

  11. So happy to read your race recap!! Glad it was a wonderful experience. The pics are gorgeous as are you! Congrats on another 26.2!


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