The results are up for the SLC half and my official time was 1:40:54 but technically since I am pregnant and running for two you can just divide that number by two and it looks like I set a new world record:) There was a total of 3500 runners and I took 258th….way cooler than Billy’s 40th overall place:) The winning male time was 1:08:37 and the female winner was ANDREA (our cutest friend:) with a 1:18:13!!
Our alarm clock went off at 4:30 a.m. and I can’t tell you how much more fun it is to get up that early for a race when Billy was doing it too. We hurried and grabbed all of our stuff and hit the road. Blood Orange Chobani and grapes for me.
This race was kind of put together in a SHORT time (because of a change of race directors etc) and so honestly I wasn’t expecting it to be smooth at all but WOW….they nailed it. We parked and they had TRAX (SLC’s rail system) waiting for us, we jumped on and it took us right up to the starting line.
I entertained us on TRAX by taking pictures of every little thing. The best way to make strangers around you think you are crazy.
We got to the start, got in line for about 15 minutes for the porta potties (the smell of those things is deadly), grabbed some water and went to the starting line. Billy took a warm-up jog while I stood there and people watched. My favorite thing to do.
The elite ladies. Andrea is in the white top and black shorts and is just about to take off to WIN.
The first few miles were downhill which is always awesome because it warmed me right up and got my legs used to the idea of running. The course really is so beautiful and there were TONS of aid stations and volunteers along the way. There are a few less fans along the way compared to Boston and New York;) The fans that were out were awesome!
I got to see Billy zoom past me because there was a turnaround along the course (those pics will be in his recap) which was awesome…who doesn’t love a screaming, jumping up and down pregnant wife during their run? I am sure that is what fueled his PR.
I kind of forgot if there was anything eventful along the way until mile 11.5ish. Basically you come onto state street and for the next mile there is an incline with a STEEP (probably being dramatic here) hill at the end. It was pretty warm by then and the hill was trying to kill me so I slowed down to a 48 minute mile for the last hill;) I remember that same hill for the marathon 2 years ago at mile 25, not nice.
The finish line was right by where the Jazz play and the chute was really organized. You got your medal, your picture and tons of food. They had apples, bananas, popsicles, yogurt and of course chocolate milk.
I got to see TOBY…
I finally got to meet Stori (she promised that she will run with me next time I am in Cali)
and a bff (in the black top, we even had bff necklaces for a few years that we wore everyday) that I have known since 4th grade. It was her FIRST 1/2 marathon and she ran it in 1:43! The cute girl in the white (Keri) WON the SLC marathon last year but is also expecting this year and did the 1/2!
BIlly and I both tried to think of any cons about this race but the only one that we could think of was the hill at the end, I guess we need to get some hill work in our training. We will both take a few days off from running because we gotta be ready for our Anniversary 1/2 Marathon in 2 weeks!
What have you been up to today?
Was your FIRST race experience a good one, a so-so one, or a not so good one?
Would you rather the uphill be at the beginning of a race or the end?
What do you think is the worst smell in the world?