Salt Lake City Half Marathon with me earlier this year.
I have been looking forward to this half marathon for a little while. In fact I heard about it last year from a friend who trains at the gym. I was fairly new at running still last year and I was a little bit intrigued by their experience running down Payson Canyon. I remember thinking last year how this sounded like something I would probably be signing up for.
I got up super early, 4:15 am and got ready with the usual things a runner does before a race. I headed down to Payson allowing plenty of time to get on the bus. The ride up the canyon seemed extremely long. I think the bus wasn't going any faster than about 10 to 15 mph. The road was steep and winding. We arrived at the starting line and stood by large heaters to keep warm. Only after standing there a few minutes somebody asked what time it was and I was shocked to learn the race was starting in 20 minutes. So a final pit stop and a quick photo with my friend Monnica and I was ready to go.
Angie, whom I told I hope to not ever see her in the race. Of course she knew what I meant. This course is fast and I was planning to at least match my previous PR of 2:07 back at the Timpanogos Half Marathon. This elevation drop was 4000 feet and Timps' was less than that so I was thinking this was a very do-able goal. The race started right on time and we were off. I was running somewhere with the 2:10 pacer and eventually worked my way up to the 2:05 pacer. The course was fast and I was LOVING it! Further down the road I would occasionally see the 2:00 pacer and was trying my darndest to catch her. Finally at mile 5 at an aid station she stopped and I didn't. I had my fuel belt on and so I was able to keep going. From that point on my whole goal was to not let that 2 hour pacer pass me. I looked back only once and saw her just a little ways back from me. I found some good peppy music on the ipod and just kept running my little heart out.