Half marathon number 46 was the Park City half. Having sworn an oath never to run the full marathon in Park City again (and there was lots of actual swearing, the curse word kind), the half seemed like a nice option. I should have known that it would be a hilly beast anyway. That's all Park City knows how to do. I still had a nice race, and the shirt and medal were much better this year than when I ran the full.
|I was going to beat that guy, so help me.|
|Very pretty medal.|
Then there was the Top of Utah half marathon, half number 47. I was worried about the weather for this race, as the rain had been coming down in buckets the night before. It was a chilly, damp morning up the canyon, but the rain held off while the temperature remained nice and cool. I always run better when it's cool outside. I finished feeling really strong. Most of my races lately have been better the second half than the first. This bodes well for my future ultra aspirations.
|I never look like I'm moving all that fast, but I was moving right along.|
|Moose swag is the best swag.|
|The shirt is cozy. I like cozy.|
|I have yet to see this "monster" they speak of.|
|The ever important watch stopping picture.|
|Whee! Happy with this day/race/everything!|
|My friend Melissa, smashed her previous best time by nearly an hour!|
|Hanging out with our trainer after, basking in the glory.|
|I'm sad this picture didn't turn out better...|
My friend Jamie and her husband were both running this race, and she had threatened me with a stern face that I needed to suck it up and run the full marathon. I'm glad I did. It turned into my best marathon experience ever. Like of all time, ever. There were so many Marathon Maniacs there one in particular really helped me through the last 10 miles. Cody became my marathon friend and it made all the difference. I don't really get to run with people much, since our paces are all so different. But Cody and I had the same pace and the same philosophy towards the race.
|Feeling fine on one of our agreed upon walk breaks.|
|Look at my watch! Look at it! The time is amazing!|
|PR baby. Yeah.|