It was a great morning for a race! It was my second time doing this race and my goal was to do it faster than I did it last time in 2018. I hit my goal and I averaged one second faster per mile. That one second counts in my book!
PS my nieces tease me that I wear my necklace in this picture so much that it has caused a tan line on me:). I guess I need to switch things up at some point haha.
I woke up at 6:15 and ate some breakfast (toast with jam), fed Beck and pumped (because he fell back asleep while I was feeding him), and was out the door at 7 to meet my friends. We did a 4-mile warm-up, a few strides and some dynamic stretches.
Twenty thousand people came out to do the race.
It is free unless you want a timing chip ($13) which is awesome because it encourages many people to come out to run or walk the course.
It is by far the biggest race in Utah. It is held on Pioneer Day every year, a holiday here that celebrates when the Pioneers settled in Utah.
You start at one temple and finish at another temple! They are the two closest LDS temples in the world.
It was already pretty hot when the race started at 8 a.m.
I had zero race strategies besides just making it to the end as fast as possible. There are many turns on this course for a 5k but I don’t remember anything other than that. Oh and I remember somebody that had shoes on that clicked like horse hooves coming up behind me and I thought it was a horse ha. I got passed a bunch in the final mile, but I felt like I was giving my ALL so I was okay with it and just tried to hold on for dear life.
My splits were 5:50, 6:10, 6:22 and 5:57 average for the last .1—> 6:07 average with some major positive splits but the course is set up for positive splits. That first mile you drop downhill big time.
I remembered doing this race a few years ago and it being short so I warned my friends and we all ran through the finish line until we hit 3.1 miles on our watches. When I went through the finish line I was at 2.92 miles.
Saw these friends (and family because they are cousins with Andrew’s mom:) afterward. They are amazing and they have completed 100 milers and ultras. They do so many races every year, they are on fire.
A little over 11 miles for the day! They had packages of frosted cookies at the finish line and I carried two of them back to my car for over 3 miles to give to the girls ha. They were a bit melty but the girls were so happy.
They were also giving packages of donuts out at the finish but I couldn’t talk myself into carrying those back to my car.
And a few of our weekend things…
*I lifted after the race. I used to do squats with weights on this bar and I am determined to get back to that again.
*We spent many many hours at the mall because they had a bunch of events happening.
*Our hobby of the week—> puzzles.
*Teriyaki rice bowls from Motivation Mindy’s cookbook!
*We cannot get enough of the Olympics.
*I saw this on IG the other day and I had no idea there was a 10k swimming race in the Olympics! I cannot even begin to imagine swimming that far!
What Olympic events are you most looking forward to watching?
Do you enjoy puzzles?
Most delicious thing you ate this weekend?
How far do you think you could swim?