Thursday, September 4, 2014

Inagural Southern Utah Half

I was so excited when this race was announced. I signed up right away. It was perfect timing. I had done the Bryce Canyon Half in July and needed one for August. This was it. Perfect.

I ended up winning a free entry into this race and was even more excited. I had already signed up so I was able to defer my paid entry till net year.

As the day got closer I found out that some very close friends were running it as well. Could this race get any better?

I got a call the day I left from my sister. We talked about my nephew. I live so far away and can't always help. I decided to start running for him. His struggles are more than I could relate to. He is amazing and so is his mom. So I made my shirt for HayJo.

I went down the night before and got a room with a friend and got ready for race day. We had an amazing room. I fell in love with the bed.

 There was a note telling about the different pillow fluffiness. Who has that? Love it. I had choices. Maybe I was just excited to get a bed to myself lol.

We got up in the morning and got on the first bus to the start line. We were ready. I found my girls and we had a mini reunion. I have missed these girls. We have a bond that can not be broken.

 Finally it was time to race. We were off. We had great time. We were having fun. We didn't care about anything.

                                                                Look at the view. So amazing.
The course is beautiful. We were booking along and making great time. Then I hit mile 10. Lost all that I had. Could not go anymore. I finished. It was a terrible time but I finished. I finished with a smile.

                Some deep thinking going on here. I can't remember what we were talking about.

                                               Hello! Who doesn't like a huge medal?

I loved this race. I had an amazing time. This was a well run race. So organized. They started on time and everything  went off without a hitch. Great volunteers and the aid stations were amazing.

So half number 12 is in the books.

Some great places to follow:
Sparkle Athletic
Southern Utah Half Marathon

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