Hi Marathon mommies! I ran the Ogden half last weekend and thought I'd share what went down. First off I should say I set an ambitious goal for myself to do it in 1:45. I did Hal Higdon's advanced program and I really enjoyed the speed work, tempo runs and pace runs. The morning of the race was beautiful, I was with a couple of good friends and I felt trained and confident. That changed about 3 minutes into the race. I really, really hate to blame it on the altitude (or anything for that fact) but I'm going to anyways! To put it simply; I just couldn't breathe. My lungs felt tight and my heart felt like it was racing. I train at sea level and the race starts at a little over 5000 feet. My first 3 mile splits were 9:23,9:15 and 9:05. To finish in 1:45 I needed to average an 8 minute mile. I knew I needed to pick it up big time. Luckily after mile 3 we head down the canyon. I still didn't feel my "groove" though. I started feeling a little better about mile 6 and noticed my mile splits were sub 8 minute-somewhere between 7:35 and 7:55. But could I hold the pace? I was able to hold it pretty well. I did have a couple mile splits right around 8 mintues. My last mile was 8:03 and my final time..... 1:48:35. I should have been happy. After all it was a PR but for some reason I felt really disapointed. I just didn't feel like myself during the race and I think that's what bugged me the most. But having said that, the course really is amazing and if I have some time to adjust a little to the altitude before hand I will definitely do it again. Maybe even the full marathon. Despite feeling a little frustrated I still love running! I love the race and I love the feeling of having set a goal and worked hard for it. I know I would have been even more upset had I slacked at the training and then had a bad race. Thanks for all your inspiration and support. Congrats to my friends who wanted to get 2hours ! They finished in 1:55.