Friday, March 27, 2009
I love going to Moab each year for the 1/2 Marathon! The race was held last Saturday, March 21st. I traveled up there on Thursday with my friend, Nicole, who also ran the race. We both took our bikes so we could ride on Friday before racing on Saturday.
The weather was perfect. I did a 40 mile bike ride up through the canyon which the Colorado River runs through. It was so beautiful! There were about 7 of us who did the ride.
The 1/2 Marathon couldn't have been better for me! I felt really strong the whole time and just stayed focused on finishing well. I ran strong and steady. My finish time was 1:46:18, which is 8:13 minute miles (averaged!). I was pleased with that! I came in 29/406 in my age group! fun! It was really a training run in preparation for my triathlon in California next weekend. (picture here - I NEVER look good when I'm racing!)
If you ever get a chance to go to Moab, do it! It is a great little town!
The trek home was an adventure! It was SO WINDY!!! There were times that visibility was zero because of all the blowing dust coming across the road. In fact, it was so windy that my bike rack actually came loose from my car. We had to pull off the side of the road to get the bikes off the car. We could barely open the doors b/c the wind was so strong. We got the bike rack re-attached but left the bikes in the car. A while later, the rack came loose again. So, Nicole reached up through the sun roof and held it on the car for almost 60 miles! Fortunately I had a pair of gloves in my car that she put on so that the blowing dust didn't completely exfoliate her skin! When we arrived in Flagstaff, we ended up taking the rack completely off the car. Not a fun experience! I'm just greatful we made it home safely!
I am beginning to taper for my race in Oceanside. I'm looking forward to it. In the meantime, I will head to Lake Pleasant tomorrow to swim in 56 degree water! Burrrrr......Thank goodness for wetsuits!