What a great week! Hectic, but great!
Utah is absolutely spectacular!
Such a fun state!
Interesting fact: The Great Salt Lake is 10 X saltier than the ocean!We took a short tour of some major sights in the city. Wow. Lots of churches!
Moab is a blast! We went horseback riding ...
|Mini-man, Girlfriend, and me!|
Of course Sidekick rode a dirt bike!
|Okay, we found Uranium Arch, but how do we get back?|
|Climbing up Balanced Rock @ Arches!|
|The arches were amazing!|
|Now you know how I got grey!|
|It just goes on & on!|
Park City, Utah.Side-kick is a huge skier, so he's been to Park City before. By the time we got there, the Friday before my race, we were already exhausted. We tooled around the city. What a great little town. The galleries and handcrafted art and furniture reminded me a lot of Vermont.
We had pasta at Grappa - so I could carb load.
When we were finishing dinner, we saw George Lucas, the director of Star Wars!
We were all pretty star struck!It was a good distraction' cause after dinner, I got a little nervous about the half. I kept thinking, 'I only live a couple of hundred feet above sea level, how am I gonna climb to 7,000 feet? There was one point in the day, before packet pick-up, that I actually started to cry, wondering how I would complete the run. My goal has been to come in the top 10 in my age group for these halves - and so far, I have in all but three. I often think I should run them again. There was no way that I was going to want to run at 7,000 feet again! Sidekick, and my two kids were cheering me on.
You can do this, Mommy!
|I can do this, I can do this, I can do this!|
|Mustang with three 3's|
"It's 3:33. I love you, I love you, I love you! I gotta go. Talk to ya' later!"
"You got nothing to worry about. You're gonna do just fine"And for the rest of the day, every time I got nervous, I just repeated,
"You got nothing to worry about. You're gonna do just fine."
The race started on Saturday morning, a bit late, around 8am, on a beautiful day about 60*F.
|I'm somewhere in there!|
|Looked a lot different during the race, with runners & |
little children handing out water & PowerAid
Without the humidity, I climbed, a steady 1% for the first seven miles - all the way up to 7,000 feet. I felt myself trying to catch my breath and suck in as much air as possible. We ran passed this barn, and kept climbing up steadily. I heard strange huffs & puffs from my mouth, like my suffering had a voice of its own. I was feeling it. After the turn around, when we started to come back down, my legs felt like rubber. Worse than I've ever even felt on the track. I felt like my legs had a mind of their own, and they were just flailing out from my hips. I kept thinking "Core, Core, Core. Stabilize your core" I didn't want to go home with a hamstring or knee injury - or another tendon injury!" Thanks to Kat at Sneakers and Fingerpaint's and her August Core Focus Challenge, my core felt strong.
|And, I just kept running ....|
The best part?
Seeing my family at the end cheering me on!
It's great to hear your kids shout, "Go, Mommyyyyyy. Gooooo!"
|Mini-man, me & Girlfriend!|
|And it's great to fall into your best friend's arms, |
and hear him say,
"I'm so proud of you!"
|Side-Kick & Me!|
So PC was not my fastest half (duh!), but I did manage to place in the top 10 in my age group, 5 minutes off of third, taking #8!
|But this trip & race ranks up there as one of the best!|
If I didn't train so hard leading up to this race, and I didn't watch what I ate, making sure I ate enough lean protein, healthy fats, whole grains & a variety of fruits & veggies (which is really hard to do on vacation), I doubt I would have done as good as I did.
Cheers to half #17, and my 16th state!
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