Race #2 of 2013Here it is January and the month I was thinking would be hard to get in some fun races because of the frigid temperatures in Utah this time of year, but that is not the case. I saw a local race being advertised called the New Year's Half Marathon, put on by a local guy named Jonathon Crampton. I remember almost signing up and running it last year but chickened out because of the cold weather. This year I signed up way ahead before I could see what the weather was going to be like. If I pay for a race then by golly, come rain, sleet, snow, or shine I am going to be there. I would just have to bundle up tight and brave the elements. My friend Josh signed up as well and we decided we would just stick together and not worry about speed. Besides, we had just run a big race at the Olympic Oval only 4 days previously and so this was to be a more relaxed adventure today. The race started at 8:00 am but Jonathon told us that anyone that felt slower could start earlier. I knew I would be at the back of the pack so I got out to the race start about 7:15 am and headed out about 7:30 am.
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My friend Gay Tregaskis from Runner's Anonymous decided to join me and Josh and stick with us slower people. She is such a sweet lady and I feel pretty lucky to know her. Here we are showing off our cute little snowmen medals we earned for running 13.1 miles in the bitter and frostbitten world. Somehow, running with friends seems to make the time go faster. As we got to about mile 11-12 we got to run right by the Timpanogos Temple and it was beautiful and then we realized we were almost finished and I actually felt a little sad. She mentioned that she couldn't believe it was almost over. That's how running should be, having such a good time that you've lost track of the time.
This is my friend Josh who quite possibly would have lost his fingers and toes if Gay hadn't of come to the rescue with some extra hand warmers she had. It was so cold that the water bottle I had brought and put in my pocket had turned into a nice thick slushy by the time I was almost done running! Maybe I should have wrapped hand warmers around it.
Get ready for lots of photos this year at races with Josh. He's just as crazy as me in signing up and we will be doing quite a few of the same races. I think there's some underlying competition going on to see who can run the most races in a year.
The tradition continues on the first Saturday of January 2013....pots of steaming hot chili, french bread, yoghurt, bananas, chocolate milk , a runners' FEAST ....AFTER you complete 13.1 miles in a winter wonderland running adventure though Pleasant Grove, Cedar Hills and Alpine back to my home in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
If you have been here either of the first two years you know this is the best value for money half marathon out there. A small race with 60-70 runners and walkers braving whatever weather January may throw at us as we continue our winter training and racing.
Where: a 13.1 mile counterclockwise loop course starting and finishing at my home in Pleasant Grove.
I'm a sucker for delicious food and I was anxious to continue strong with finding some races for January. This race is literally in my neck of the woods so how could I NOT sign up?
|Yeah, Josh was trying to photo bomb my picture. Nice work Josh.|