May 3, 2014
Another opportunity for pacing came and I accepted it at the Provo City Half Marathon.
(I actually kindly beg and plead for any opportunities)
This is a beautiful course that begins up in Provo Canyon at a park high up in the hills. Any time a bus takes us up, up, up a canyon then you know you're in for a fun run down a mountain. This was exactly what the case would be for the first 1/2 of the race. The second half of the race was pretty much a flat, straight shot to the finish line on Center Street and University in Provo.
We boarded the buses very early around 5:00 am and got to the starting line where we tried to stay as warm as we could for an early Spring race that begins in the cold mountains. You know it's cold when people wear long sleeves and gloves while running, and then you just hope you warm up quickly so you can shed stuff.
There are some fun people in this photo, Shaylee, Cathy, Josh, and Katy, all of them I have met through this great running community. It really is such a great place to belong with so many lasting friendships.
The run was absolutely gorgeous as it runs along the Provo River and the Provo River Parkway Trail. I paced Josh for the entire race and we had a great time talking and laughing. He was able to get a new PR for this course, which was very exciting for him.
I paced the 2:20 spot and got just a tad bit ahead of the job at the end. It's a bit tricky when you can see the finish line down the road and then wonder if the course is going to be short or long. Rather than cross the finish line after the assigned time it's better to cross early. Oops, this was a probably a little too early.
Bling from the race!