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Teton Dam Marathon Review

On the 2nd of June, I woke up at 4am to make a 3 hour drive to eastern Idaho for the Teton Dam Marathon. I did the 5K.

Did I mention I woke up at 4am to make a 3 hour drive. Yeah, not the best idea for legs to be in PR shape. My leggies were stiff and at 1100 more feet of elevation then at home, it was a slow trot for sure. No PR attempt this trot, that's for sure.

I woke up at 4am (my normal wake up time is 8am - 10am depending on the day) so that early is  painful. I had everything all packed and ready the evening before- brekky, post-race clothes, snacks, and a full tank of gas for the long drive. All I had to do was make coffee and head out. I didn't even brush my teeth before I left. Coffee first.

The drive was nice and not a lot of traffic for a Saturday morning. I don't know the last time I have been to Rexburg, but it was easy to find the race start. I thought the race started at 8am, but that was the 10K. The 5K started at 8:30am and I got there to get my bib at …

Just Warming Up


I just did a short 3 mile slog on the Greenbelt. With the night off from work to go to the PostSecret lecture, I was willing to get an outdoor workout in.



 Post-slog stretching. My leggies need foam rolled for sure!
Post slog in the hooptie for a ride up to Tree City. Whatever calories I just burned by doing 3 miles, I am consuming back with the PB Blast. Peanut butter & banana yums.


I really felt like that 3rd mile, I was just getting warmed up. I really should have kept going and got at least another mile or 2 in. I thought I WAS trying to keep that 3rd mile at 13minutes, but it looks like I can push myself to go faster. Thank you speedwork. That 1st mile, I was going uphill, 2nd mile was downhill. I glanced at the garmin & noticed that I was at 11min/mi then it was 10:50, then 10:40, then 10:30. If I would have known that it ended at 10:02, I would have pushed a little harder to get it under 10. Oh well. I have plenty of other runs ahead of me to push me to get faster. 10:02 is pretty dang good for me on a non-treadmill slog.

How often do you do speedwork? Do you track your progress on speed and distance anywhere?

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