|This picture pretty much sums up how much fun this race was to me!!|
(gotta love the faces of the spectators in the background)
It's fun to meet other runners and this gal on the left of me belongs to the RA (runner's anonymous) Facebook group I belong to. Her name is Stephanie and it was just a delight to meet her. She ran the half marathon and then afterwards did the 5K as well. Good job Stephanie!
Angela was there too and I visited her and wished her luck. She actually got herself a new PR in this race and I was very happy for her. Angela was my friend I hooked up with at the starting of my 50K two weeks ago. She is becoming addicted to running races as well. Nothing wrong with that, I say!
Standing around for an hour waiting for a race to start can get a little boring after you have busted out the dance moves and used the portapotty umpteen times and walked around looking at costumes. So I climbed a hill and decided to take a few photos.
|I had actually never been up Emmigration Canyon other than to the Zoo and to "This is the Place Monument", so this was a treat to see a little more of the great state of Utah up close and personal.|
Yeah, my bib is crooked. I have a hard time with the whole pinning-on process.
About 8:40 am we did a final pit stop and hucked our drop bags into the bus. We got to the starting line about 5 minutes before starting time and then we were off. Once again my whole mentality was to just run slow and have fun. That was sort of supposed to be the thoughts of our group too, however Jody, despite her aches and pains and moans and groans was having a good day and I just couldn't keep up with her. About mile 3 I was in the dust and left to run this race alone, which was fine. Every race is going to be run differently and each person has to run their own race according to how they are feeling. I just wasn't ready or willing for a hard push today.
Aid Station #1 had candy, and let me tell you I am a big fan of candy. I took three lemon heads and a mini box of nerds. You could say I sounded like maracas as I ran for the next couple miles.
I tried to hurry and eat them in case I was irritating other runners around me. It did make for a fun, shakin', rockin' beat as I ran.
Aid Station #2 meant it was time for a little trick or treating. One of the sponsors of the race had these cupcakes loaded with ample frosting. I had to do a trick and I got the treat. So delicious and chocolatey! All I had to do was put on an animal mask and make the sound of the animal. Pretty easy trick for such a delicious treat!
After a large climb up the East side of Salt Lake somewhere around mile 6 or 7 we got to run by a graveyard which was pretty fitting for the occasion. If I was a little kid I would have held my breath as I was running by. That would have been pretty challenging today since I was huffing and puffing after a rough climb.
Likewise around mile 9 we got to run by another graveyard up on the hillside of Salt Lake.
Awesome views of the valley and beautiful weather to accompany this great run!
The rest of the aid stations were not very exciting. In fact quite the opposite. There were some problems getting water and cups delivered and so there were many people angry when they couldn't get a cup of water. I don't blame them. I was fortunate enough to have my water belt so I was fine. The little bit of water they did have was in big plastic containers which the volunteers would pour into your mouth if you wanted some. Pretty unsanitary if you ask me.
With one final turn to make and exactly one mile left to run we entered a very beautiful wooded area that was completely decked out with Halloween decorations. Some of them pretty freaky! I am NOT a fan of spiders and these were a little too big for my liking.
At mile 13 we got to run through a black underpass. I let out a big scream as I ran through.
|Pretty cute, creative mile markers all along the course. Somebody went to a lot of work making these. Jody and Doran finished the race about 10 minutes before me and so they came back to find me with less than a quarter mile left for me to go.|
The medals are pretty swell too! Although I don't do anything with my medals, except toss them in the cupboard of my bed, I like a nice beefy one and this one produced just that. Someday I'll figure out what to do with them all.