Picking up my bib.
We woke up bright and early on Saturday, I could hardly sleep I was so excited to just RUN! I ate a quick breakfast and grabbed some snackage since the race didn't even start till 10 am.
Stretched, layered (it was a bit chilly) and ready to head to the buses to meet my friend and ride up to the
This was her very first race and she rocked it!!
We got to the top, went to the bathroom.. (for the 3rd time) and then proceeded to the starting line.
I had a lot of GPP friends run also, every single one of these people are a total inspiration to me and they all kicked some serious asphalt ;)
It was windy, and cold at the beginning. Once I started running I warmed up a little bit, there was head wind.. not something I was prepared for. I hate running in wind, in fact during one of my runs last week I headed outside to do 5 miles and the wind was so strong I bagged it and turned around and ended up only doing 2 miles! Bad idea.. note to self: TRAIN in all ELEMENTS!
Around mile 6 I caught up with some friends from GPP again we held together for a little while then lost each other.
At about mile 10 two girls that I took/taught class with found me and I ran with them to the end! It was fun seeing them and catching up while keeping a 9:00 minute pace. They actually really helped me make it to the end.
two of my favorite girls, although they make me look like a giant..
I crossed the finish line with chip time of 1:59, finishing 30th in my age group.
Overall, The race was beautiful! we ran along the river and red rocks the whole time. The weather was... mediocre.. temperature was good, but the wind was a little rough and made it a bit chilly at times. Sometimes I wish we could control mother nature for perfect racing weather..
tall, white and pasty..
It was good having my husband there at the end cheering me on. He surprised me with some post race food, A NAKED juice and RASPBERRIES!! I just love that man.
one in a million man.
It was a great race and I would for sure recommend it to anyone, I'm already planning on it next year!! Its one of my favorites by far!
Things I have with me in my running pack:
- Mambas (I like them better then gu's)
- I Pod with an amazing playlist
- Extra chocolate mint gum! (lifesaver)
Things I realize I should of had with me.
- Chapstick! (my lips were so dry from the wind)
- Sunglasses/hat -- sand was blowing in my eyes
- IBU. yep, forgot it.
Q. What was your FAVORITE Race??
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