SCOTT DEFIES AGE BARRIER
On Saturday, at the St George Marathon, Stablemate Scott Allen (53) showed age is no barrier to running marathon PRs,
Forever young Scott ran 3:12:12, taking 3 minutes 26 seconds off his previous PR.
Here’s a snippet from Scott’s race report…
The weather at the start was perfect…I huddled near a fire where I ran into Gary Botcherby and Josh Hernandez. The race started on time at 6:45 which was wonderful seeing as we’d be able to run without any direct sunlight longer than we’d be able to in years past.
I started off conservatively, trying to stay on pace with the splits on my 3:14 wristband that I reused from my attempt last year. I was 2-3 seconds per mile slower than target for the first two miles but picked it up in the 3rd mile and was under target times for the next 5 miles.
I figured that without any extra effort that it wouldn’t hurt to go with the flow until the Veyo climb. Knowing that I had already banked some time I went up the hill conservatively and just before I crested the hill I stopped to pee. I had a really successful
I continued to run conservatively until I picked up my 3rd bottle at mile 13.5. About a half mile before reaching that point I gave my 2nd bottle of Maurten, which had about 4 ounces left, to a guy that was struggling.
I ran down Snow Canyon as fast as I could comfortably while maintaining control and was able to come in under target splits for the rest of the race except for mile 22 when I was once second over.
I never felt hot enough to pour water over my body like I’ve done in years past. The temperatures were comfortably cool the whole way. I hadn’t really paid much attention to the splits in the 2nd half and it wasn’t until I began mile 23 that I realized that I would likely come in under my goal of 3:14. This gave me great motivation to finish strong which I did in front of my family who was cheering me on in the final stretch.
Upon reflection I believe that the major reasons for my PR were:
1 A higher volume of running the 8 weeks prior
2 Coaching with proper slow training along with strategic workouts
3 Drinking more fluids than normal the days leading up to the race
4 Maurten fuelling and not needing to slow down at aid stations
5 Nike Vaporfly 4% shoes
6 Not racing too much
I’ve never felt so good the whole way of a race before and I really believe that with Coach Stazza’s coaching that I can significantly improve my finishing time at Mt. Charleston next April.