It's no secret that my monthly mileage has dipped tremendously. You can just look over there on the sidebar and you will see exactly what I'm talking about--------------------------------------------------> I have no excuses or reasoning for this other than it's just probably a burn-out issue. I really truly have enjoyed all the races I've done all year long but I am just so ready to enjoy some Saturday morning sleeping in, especially now that it's getting so chilly.
At this point last year I was already signing up for any race I could get my hands on. My thinking for 2014 is to leave my calendar a little more open so that I can hopefully experience some more trail racing and also go some places I've never been. Fast Cory has alerted me to a few interesting runs for next year and we'll just have to see what happens. I'm still planning to do a few local half marathons but I really am ready to hit the dirt a little more and be able to do other races that show up later. That happened this year and I couldn't do them because my running calendar was already booked.
Well, so now on to the Haunted Half Marathon. I HAD A BLAST! After having over a whole month off of racing I realized this is still fun and I do still enjoy this. I didn't enjoy the smells of the portapotties though. Let's be real here. Our Facebook group, Runner's Anonymous, met up together at the bus loading area up at the Salt Lake City Capitol. There were 6 of us running and we hung out together until the race started. We got to the starting line area and for me running is about seeing so many other friends. Of course I had to go find them and get photos.
I had no plans or expectations for my time with this race. In fact, I just thought it would be so fun to just finally run a complete half marathon with Josh. We've always run at least part of a race together but rarely if ever have run an entire half marathon together. So today was the day.