Okay, so I'm only like 3 days behind everyone else on this recap business, but better late than never, right?
Friday's Pre-game party: Yogurtland (where else?). Seriously, Utah Bloggers/Runners keep that place in business! Especially since I never actually ate a "real" dinner (whoops). Fro-yo and ridiculous amounts of fruity and chocolately toppings would have to do. It was nice to chat and relax a bit after packing and getting all wound up for the race... I sure do love these girls!!Sari's family cabin (with her parents and brother, Peter) up at Sundance. Have I mentioned how much I love this girl?!? Her mom made us the most heavenly popcorn (with coconut oil...who knew?!) when we got there. We got to sleep in until the glorious hour of 4:45am...at which time we were all well aware that most people racing UV had already been waiting for/riding busses for an HOUR. Yikes. I don't think I could have thanked Sari and family enough. Especially her cute mom for taking a picture with her iphone.
Two of my favorite quotes of the 12 or so hours I spent with them... (when asked if she had received a text message someone sent earlier) "No, I haven't been on my computer today." and just before we took this picture... "Does it have a flash?" Priceless. Thanks, Mrs. C. :)
I decided to start off without any music. It makes me fast(er) and I usually try to make my first mile my slowest (which is SO hard to do!) and speed it up from there. I had my handy dandy list tucked into my shirt and would read it at each mile marker to remind myself who I was running that mile for. If you didn't catch the (full) list the first time around, it's here.
Mile 3. the only hilly part. thinking about Amax (who I ran redonk hills with freshman year) and Mager (ran me to my 10k PR) were my pushers here! also happened to run unto Stef and Rochelle... girlfriends are the best.
Mile 4. Bananas (swapped from the original with Mr. D). mostly...I miss you.
Mile 6: I just imagined chatting with Laura and then having hard core Cassidy trying to beat me :) Miss running with you girls!
Mile 9: I swear to you, Bianca, I passed a spectating family with quadruplets. Cutest kids in their PJ's and everything!
Miles 12 and 13: There was a reason I put Em and Baby D at the end.. I knew if I was really pushing myself (and I was!) I would be dying come these last two miles. For those of you who don't know Em, she is my little sister's old roomie, who happened to get hit by a car and lost her left leg right below the knee last February. She only recently got a prosthetic but it is super painful to walk in :(
And...while I know Emily would never actually do this (she is seriously one of the sweetest people I have ever known), I imagined her durings mile 12 and 13, (holding my Baby D and) screaming in my face (Jillian Michaels style) "You think this is pain?! You have NO idea what pain feels like. You think it's hard to run right now?! You have TWO legs!! TWO! NOW RUN HARDER!!! GOOO!!"
It is no coincidence. Thank you for my 2 fastest miles, TIEM :) It was all for you!!!!
So... 13.1 miles with NO music.
Funny how my 5k and now half marathon PR's were both in races where I had music but chose not to listen to it. And it was one of the most Zen, incredible (running) experiences I have ever had.
Mind over matter, right??
#34 of 282 in my age group
#363 out of 1949 overall... not too shabby!
I felt like I gave this race my ALL right up until the end (in which I thought I was going to dieee) and got to see these guys at the end... right after they handed me my very FIRST finishers medal (memo to me: I need to only sign up for races that give me medals!!) and I bawled like a baby until I saw the smoothie stand and got one for Baby D (who promptly got smoothie all over me) and then CHOCOLATE MILK!!! my favorite post-race recovery snack!
I could barely walk yesterday (my poor knees going downhill/stairs?! spare me!) and spent the bulk of Saturday morning cursing the running world in between naps... but after a few foamrolls and a slow 2 miler, today I am feeling much better (those quads are still sore though) and even plotting out.. dare I say it??
My first marathon. I'm hoping for this fall! Details on which one as soon as Mr. D sinks his teeth into a job...