We ran the Utah Valley Half Marathon yesterday!! We were up late Friday night booking our honeymoon stuff so by the time I got to my bed it was 12:22—> the alarm clock going off at 3:30 a.m. was not my favorite feeling ever. I think we all question what the heck we are doing with our lives when we have to get up that early for a race but knowing that a beautiful course and the post-race high was just a few hours away is what gets me out of my comfortable bed.
We first went to the marathon busses (my mistake… I didn’t read the email very well) and it is a very good thing that one of Andrew’s friends told us we were about to get on the marathon bus because we were not prepared for 26.2 miles. We jumped in our car real quick and drove over to the 1/2 marathon busses and we were on our way by 4:30 a.m. up the canyon. We got there right at 5 with an hour to get everything ready before starting the race. It was cold at the starting line but not too bad… I did this marathon like 5 or 6 years ago and it was SNOWING at the starting line. That never happens but I just got to experience the random year that winter showed up again in June.
We were able to ride the bus up with Candice and we met up with Keri (she took 5th overall for the women…BOOM) and hung out before the race started.
THAT SUNRISE!!!!!!! I’m telling you, between the St. George Marathon and this race—> you really need to take a runcation out here for one of these because they are stunning.
I really wanted to run with Andrew yesterday morning and we decided (I just didn’t tell him until the end) at the starting line that we were going to get him his sub 1:45 that he had been wanting. We talked for the first 5 miles and took in all of the green gorgeousness everywhere and then Andrew put in his music and then I was his paparazzi.
Mile 3 is probably the hardest on this course and Andrew charged right up that killer hill. My favorite part of the course is running by Bridal Veil Falls. I’ve run/driven/biked by this waterfall a million times and it never gets old to me.
This course could not be anymore beautiful and well organized. Every part of the expo, race, post-race runs so smoothly. You are in the canyon for about 7 miles and then the last 6ish miles are along University Avenue. Two lanes are blocked off entirely and there are police at each light stopping traffic for all of the runners. It’s a straight shot for the entire 13.1 miles and you are on the same road the entire time.
There are two of these water showers for the runners to run through along University Avenue to help cool off the runners (especially helpful for the marathon runners because by the time they get to this point it is pretty hot). They also put on a 10k that joins in with all of the other runners once you exit the canyon.
Here are his splits… (mile 4 was for a quick bathroom stop). He nailed the negative splits!
It really was so much fun running with Andrew the entire time and I kept doing the math in my head (pacers, you have a hard job!!!!!!!) because I really wanted him to get a personal record yesterday (because that feels pretty much even better than getting a pr yourself). Pretty crazy that he can pr on so little sleep, all of the craziness of planning that is going on right now and the candy we ate the night before…
Post-race they offered Jamba Juice, cinnamon rolls and Creamies (the best popsicles you will ever have). I finished off with 2.8 miles to total 16 for the day (pretty sure that is the most I have done since my marathon in December).
I think all of the runners were extremely grateful for all of the cloud cover because while it was still pretty warm, the sun was definitely not beating down on us!
PS I think one of the many reasons that Andrew rocked his race was because of the good luck sticker Brooke put on his Garmin.
And then we were back to Brookers (I love early race starts because then we get back to kids fast).
The rest of the day consisted of American Girl Doll catalogue reading, food, naps, to-do list items and….
conversations with our favorite pup.
Do you positive split (first half faster than the second half of your race) or negative split (second half faster than the first half) your races more often?
Three things you’ve got going today?
Longest distance you have run over the last few months?
What was your last race and what is your next race?