A friend of mine that lives in St. George is also training for the St. George 13.1 in less than a month and she invited me to join them for a progression run. She told me what they were planning on for their paces and I thought there was no way I would be able to keep up with them.
I’ve learned over the years of running to just take the opportunities that come and to turn my brain off… I’m glad I did.
It has been almost 2 years since I was last on this course and it brought back so many amazing memories.
The friend in the purple shorts and I ended up being right at the same place fitness-wise so now we are planning on racing together in a few weeks. It will be SO nice to work with someone on the course and to push each other. It’s my favorite way to race.
PS I am positive if I would have done this alone, I would have gone a minute per mile slower. People PULL ME!
Can you believe the scenery? I love it here so much.
The half-marathon we are doing is the last half of the St. George Marathon so it includes a lot of down with one big hill, a few small hills and then it ends flat. When you are doing the full marathon, the first half of it is hard and you climb a bunch. You skip those really hard miles with the half that we are doing (and the course we did on Saturday). The half course is DEFINITELY AIDED and a fast course but I love it so much.
We started with a 7:06 mile and worked down from there. We finished 13.1 milse with a 6:31 average pace (1:25:21). We were chatting for the first 11 miles so I am excited to see what we can do in a few weekends in race mode. PS that first mile hurt big time because I never just start a run that fast. It was a good reminder that I need to make sure to do a good warm-up of a few miles before I start the race.
These training runs are the best dress rehearsals for race day because it helps us to really figure out what we need to do at the race!
Foam rolled with the kids and muffins afterward.
Andrew went out to mountain bike and I was SO jealous of what he saw while he was out.
Cafe Sabor was the best possible option for lunch…
So was floating around the pool.
And we ended the day by watching the sunset with a picnic on the red rocks.
What do you have going on today? What was the best part of your weekend?
What is the fastest race course you have ever done?
Go-to order at a mexican restaurant?
-I love fajitas so so much.
Are fall races happening in your area or are any being canceled?