My 5th race of this pregnancy… done and done. Also, the last race of this pregnancy done and done and I’m glad to end it on such a high note with The Haunted Half. If you are wanting a FUN race where people are quite concerned about having an awesome costume, candy is passed out along the course and you are wanting some gorgeous fall scenery/temps… this is the one for you to do.
I fueled for this race with two pieces of toast and homemade strawberry jam before leaving. The house was so quiet, it was strange (Andrew was at school, Brooke was with her dad and Knox was with his mom). Beretta was there but she was still sleeping, I’m pretty sure she sleeps more than a newborn.
A while ago I asked Jess if she would want to join me for this 3.1 miles of goodness and because she is always down to have fun, she replied back yes within seconds of me texting to ask her.
The half-marathon starts at 8 o’clock and the 5k starts at 9 o’clock which felt amazing… I’m used to these Utah races where we are on the bus at 5 in the morning to get to the starting line. Parking 30 minutes before the race started was a very exciting thing for me.
PS the one morning where everyone is gone and I could sleep in as long as I want = the one morning my body has no desire to sleep. I guess the nesting is kicking in early because I went into Brooke’s room and went through every toy, piece of clothing and all of her art supplies and organized/donated/boxed up all of the stuff she doesn’t need anymore. It was quite the process but now all three kids have organized rooms which feels really good for my nesting needs (now to do our room?).
Oh yeah, we were talking about a race and somehow I got started on nesting. The race starts at the mall and then we head out to a road that I used to run on with Josse a bunch. The first mile was flat as a pancake, the second mile had some good down and that third mile had a steep hill up because races love to do that to us so they can watch us squirm;)
This part of the course was my favorite part. Leaves everywhere and then we came up on a bunch of Halloween decorations and a tunnel. PS the best part of this race is always seeing everyone’s costumes. Utahns take their Halloween races pretty seriously;)
I did not run with my mask on because I had zero desire to fall. Jess and I chatted the whole race and filled each other in on all of our latest stories and the 3 miles went by like lightening.
Here is the tunnel. Ummmm this would be pretty tough to deal with if you are racing the course but for us we loved it and only got hit in the face once or twice by the things hanging down from the top.
I really tried hard to get a good belly shot while running to document her 5th race but it didn’t go as planned.
We finished the race and they had all sorts of fruit, pizza and creamies (Utah popsicles that someone thought would taste good in 40 degree weather… I kid, I’m sure they tasted good but I was searching for the hot chocolate.
I LOVE when races have the computers for you to enter in your bib number and then they print off your time! I love having their official results right away.
Our splits went a little like this: 9:12, 8:31, 8:24 & 8:10ish for the last .1! This race got me thinking about going after a 5k pr after I have this baby and recover… my 5k pr is HERE!
This race made me really miss the kids because they would have LOVED the decorations everywhere. Brooke still talks about the time she did this race two years ago. Next year we will make it a family event and push the baby in the jogger too.
They would have loved the jump houses they had set out too!
Jess and I probably took about 300 pictures of us attempting to pose like our characters. Knox would be proud of my Spider-Man, I think.
One of the absolute biggest highlights… MEETING HOLLIE. After all of these years (7) of blogging/stalking/chatting online/being internet friends with each other, we met! Of course she was a speeding bullet and took 2nd overall for the women! I probably should have mentioned something about the elevation change (she lives in New Jersey) because I don’t think that felt great for her on that final hill but she is crazy strong and rocked it. COME BACK AGAIN SOON HOLLIE!! Her and her husband are on a 2 week road trip around this side of the country and I am so happy that our area made the cut for stopping points.
To the person that ran a 5k or half-marathon (not sure which one they did) in this dinosaur costume, you are amazing.
PS did you see how this woman ran a MARATHON IN HIGH HEELS. My feet start aching even trying to imagine doing such a thing. She trained for months to be able to do it and finished in about 7.5 hours. Seriously, how in the world do you do this?!? I can barely walk in and out of church with my heels on.
LOVED the medals!
Jess took first in our age group and I took second which I was pretty thrilled about! They gave me a new foam roller which I can’t wait to try out!
I loved being in the racing scene again and around so many excited runners. This community is something else and races always remind me about how great runners are. So many people that have worked so hard to get there, so many endorphins, so much cheering each other on… the way life should be:)
What has been the best part about your weekend so far?
Have a foam roller? How often do you use it?
Longest road trip you have ever done… how many days, miles or states did you hit?
What are you having for your Sunday morning breakfast?