This Saturday I ran the Riverton Half Marathon.
The morning did not start well. I totally slept in. Set my alarm to wake up in time, but I forgot to turn it on. So I woke up when my Mom called me to let me know that she was in the driveway. Good thing I had prepped everything the night before. So I hurried and got dressed, brushed my teeth and ran out the door.
Picked up Josh.
Stopped at the gas station to get some coffee. (gotta *ahem* get things moving)
then picked up Lindsey.
drove to Riverton.
went potty. twice. WOOT. (I know… it’s TMI, but I don’t care)
Met up with Julia.
Decided we’d run together and shoot for a 9min pace.
Well the winds from the south that were blowing 21mph to 31mph had a different plan.
and it was warm. Almost HOT.
I know the weather guy said it was winds from the south. but I swear. No matter which direction we ran. we had a head wind. It was tough.
Julia and I had the intention of hanging with the 2:00 pacer – but they seemed to take off really fast so we hung back a little and just made sure we could keep them in our sights.
The first 3 miles weren’t bad.
We hit the first hill at mile 4 and then the wind seemed to really pick up.
Running along the park way trail was the worst. It was so windy. and dusty, blech!
I had a hard time staying positive during this race. I would tell myself “You can do this” and “Just keep going” then the wind would blow even harder.
I asked my Grandma and Brad and Jim to “please, just make it stop” many, many times.
Once I hit mile 8, I knew it was not going to be a sub 2:00 race. And I was okay with it. I just told myself that I had to continue to push as hard as I could.
I saw Lindsey (not the one who was running, but the other Lindsey from work) about mile 11.5 and I ran over to her and gave her a big sweaty hug!
Then Whitney was around the corner right at mile 12 and she ran with me for a bit too, and really helped me push the pace back up.
Then, we were making the few last turns and I could finally see the finish line. And I pushed. and PUSHED. and PUSHED.
I finished in 2:02:59 (average pace was 9:23)
For reference, the reason why I look so fetching evil in that pic above… I was running at a 4:33 pace for that last part.
and I was chasing after a guy. I really wanted to CHICK his ass. I ALMOST had him. I hope I ruined his finish line pictures. LOL. My Mom said I looked like a crazed maniac. Pretty sure I sounded like a maniac, too.
We went back to run Lindsay in.
She finished in 2:14. She did SO SO SO good. It was a tough course and TOUGH conditions.
Here she is with her “Big Deal Big Wheel” Trophy 😉
Josh did amazing as well. Finished in 1:43. He’s a ROCKSTAR!
The whole fam 🙂
and the whole group. 🙂
Linds, Julia, Me, Momma-cita, Poshie
Overall, I’m not super pleased with my time, but still pretty happy with how I finished. I mean the winds were KILLER and the course is tough. And I did try to stay positive (which is new, for me!).
It makes me even more excited for the AF Canyon Half… YAY for downhill!
and kind of excited/half sick about Ogden… ugh. 26.2 miles? WTF was I thinking?!
lse race this weekend??
lse race this weekend??