Monday, April 21, 2008
My thoughts on the Salt Lake Half Marathon 2008
Let's just say it was a lot of running.
We had a late start since our shuttle got there just as the race started. The wall of runners was cool to see but it was a little sad not being in it. It would of been easy to go faster than we should with everyone around and the excitement. There weren't many runners behind us so we were able to go at our own pace and keep it up the whole time. Another of the benefits of being last was that we kept passing everyone in front of us and mentally it felt good.
I felt really good up to the 10th mile. The last three miles were really hard. The last mile was painful and emotional but I knew if I stopped I wouldn't be able to start jogging again. So I kept going at the same pace, and booked it right at the end. The crowd cheering on both sides was encouraging.
I ran with a friend and her friend. It was really good at the beginning but towards the end we were all feeling differently and needing different things. One needed to stop, I needed to go. But, we all ended up finishing really close together.
Chris and the boys met up with us at the half way mark and a couple of other places thereafter. Way to go fam!!! Others around as well as myself were picked up by their support. It was awesome and kept me going.
Just as I was doing the last couple miles the first full marathon runners passed us. It was amazing. What athletes!
I'm feeling pretty good today. I've taken it REALLY easy. After Chris left on business yesterday, I put the kids to bed shamefully early and delved into the Kite Runner. I don't know how anyone can read that book in public, I cried like a baby. Any book that gives me a headache isn't my favorite, but it was a good read regardless.
The same friend is now conning me into doing the Provo half in the summer. We were told it was beautiful. Now that I know what to expect I would love to improve on my time. We'll see......