Monday, June 11, 2012

Half Prepared, Fully Fun

Hello Sweets,

What a weekend! It started as soon as I got off of work Friday, HM, Miz Liz, and I headed down south to run the Utah Valley Half Marathon in Provo. We had to be on the bus by 4:30am Saturday morning so even though it was only an hour away from my comfy bed, we opted to stay the the night before the race in Provo (the town of BYU). Overall, it was a really great race with the exception of the overly crowded expo.
They needed a bigger location. It was packed tighter than a circus train car
 For our pre race meal, I found a spot through Yelp that had decent reviews. It was called Spark and was categorized as American (New) / Burgers. Sounds like a crowd pleaser!

It was decent. They did have an interesting lemonade- habenaro lime. It was yummy. If it was a Salt Lake restaurant I probably wouldn't have put it on my top list, but it hit the spot. We turned in early so that we would be well rested for our early start. Our alarm went off at 3:30 and we were in line for the bus by 4:00am.

It is always a little nerve wracking to drive a course before you have to run it. Dang, this canyon sure is a long drive! Once we got to the start line staging area, there were plenty of porta potties and bonfires to kill the time before the start.

 My goal for this half was to enjoy myself. Yep, that was the only goal. My training became non-existent after the Salt Lake Half in April. I knew I was not prepared for this race so I decided the best thing to do was to just have fun and enjoy the scenery. The race started right on time. The first 8 miles were gradual downhill through the canyon and then it was flat through the city all the way to the finish line.

Leaving the bonfire and working my way to the starting line
This was the most comfortable 13.1 miles I have ever run. I ran at a comfortable pace the whole way. I was lucky enough to run the first 10 miles with HM. His hip was really starting to hurt so he had to fall back a bit towards the end of the race. I don't know our official times yet, but I am around 2:17 and HM was around 2:20. Solid work for what I would call and easy run.

I may want to try this race again next year....only train for it! I am going to try a new method though. I want to raise my "comfortable pace". I didn't struggle during this race. At the finish line, I had more in me to give. I bet I could have tacked on another 5 miles. I have never said that before. If a 10 minute and 30 second minute mile now is comfortable....can I work up to 10? 9:30? I know many of you will disagree with me. I should be racing and "leaving it all out on the course" but this was so much more fun....and really...isn't that the point?


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