Yesterday I ran in the provo halloween half marathon! When the school year started I decided I wanted something to train for and to keep me motivated, so I searched online for a race to do. I also looked up a training schedule and decided to follow it in order to get ready. Everything went according to plan and I was totally ready for the big day. It was so much fun! and I reached my goal of completing it under 2 hours- (I finished in 1:58) I was really excited! It feels so great to accomplish something you've been working towards for months.
The aftermath: I am SO sore today. So sore that I couldn't even stand up this morning- and I have barely been able to walk today. Its really embarrassing and devin just laughs at me and says I walk like a grandma. The reason for the soreness is that the first 5 miles were completely downhill-from aspen grove to the canyon. I should've taken it slower than I did, but I got so excited and the adrenaline was pumping, that I did the first 5 miles at a 7 1/2 minute mile pace. CRAZY! i was flyin down that mountain. But because of the pounding of my legs on that hard concrete, my calf muscles were completely cramped for the last 8 miles of the race. it was awful, but serves me right for pushing myself that hard.
Anyway... the race was great and i'm really happy i did it. Hopefully I can do a full marathon one day. Here are some pictures.
6:30 a.m. about to leave for the race in my lady bug costume
**Side note: I have the best husband. He stood in line with me at 6:45 a.m. in the dark and cold. There was a crazy long line of runners to get on the buses to go up to aspen grove, and he waited until I got on. I love him!
The finish line:
Ash and Devin came to cheer me on!