Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Snow Canyon 5k and Kids races

Are you there? Are you still following? Am I just talking to myself? 

I have been away for a bit.
 I have been busy with my baby girl starting kindergarten. 
Only a slight meltdown when that happened.

Also the oldest is now a senior and plays football so that is ultra imporantante. Did you read that? 
He's a SENIOR!!!
They are going to state...see how he excited he is... 

Also I started working at nights to get me out of the house a bit. So we are busy around here.

This week started my training schedule for the Zion Half Marathon. Zion may be my favorite park in Utah. I love the Vacation Races series. This one I will be pacing AND it is all uphill. Holy Crap. So you get the training right?
So to start off the  18 week program I designed for myself I did a 5k. Let me start by saying I do not do many 5ks. If I am going to run I like it to be far. I chose to do the 5k for 2 reasons. 
  • First I signed up for the runners series for the St George Marathon. I have 2 complete 2 Washington County races 5k or longer in distance. So I chose to do the Snow Canyon one first.
  • Snow Canyon has a kids race. When looking at the times for that I knew I would not finish the half  before the kids started so 5k it was. 
My race started at 9. We got there a bit early. Checked out the track and the finish then went to line up to start.
 The view of the start line. So beautiful and clear. Where the guy in the red hoodie is standing is where the kids started their race and ran to the finish line. They ran 200 meters. Next year they will run the mile or the half mile.

 The finish line. They have a beautiful school in Snow Canyon. So happy they allow us use of their facilities.
 Ready to start.

After we got started I realized that I had messed up setting my intervals. I have said before that I interval run. The day's plan since I had not been running was to run 3 minutes and walk 30 seconds. I set it for running 3 minutes and walking a mile. Yeah that was not going to work. So I told myself I would run to the first mile mark and walk for 30 seconds.
That came and went. I kept running. I hit the first hill, looked down and kept running. I got to the top of the hill and walked for about a minute to catch my breath. Then we ran downhill and turned around to come up the hill we had just run down. Again at the top I walked for a bit. Then started to run. I thought to myself maybe I could actually run the whole thing. I was trying to stay around a 10-11 minute mile. I did not want to injure myself. I was just taking it easy.

 I took this picture to send to my husband to let him know where I was. He sent back a text telling my great job, keep going.

This guy has my sign. 

 Around this point I am still running. I thought about my friend Brooke and the fact that she calls me sparkle butt and I just started crying. I have been ultra emotional lately. I text my hubby saying I was at the church and he told me KEEP PUSHING!!!
Just at that moment This Girl is on Fire came on. I ran and I put everything I had into it. I tried to pass the girl in front of me but then she kicked it up a notch as well.  We pushed each other at the end. She beat me but not without a fight. 
Not the best picture but that is one determined women right there.

I finished in 35:28 minutes.  7th out of 16 in age group.
Which was a PR of 3 minutes......
Previous 5k times
Jan 2010     49:00      61st in age group. Last place in age group.
Nov 2010   48:44      21st out of 23 in age group
Jan 2011     38:14      34th out of 50 in age group
Apparently I get faster as I get older.
I was so excited to be done and have some food. I know it was only a 5k but I didn't eat before hand. Also Waffle Bliss was at the finish so ya I ate good:

After filling my belly I got to watch the half marathoners start to come in. I knew one of my fellow bloggers was about to come in. I have wanted to meet her so bad. She is just the cutest. So I stalked her and found her and her cute mom and daughter. Go Check out Janae at Hungry Runner Girl

Then it was onto the kids races!!

They got lined up and were off. I was able to run with Shelby. This year they asked us not to. So I ran along side them.
I told Shelby to make sure Mr Man didn't get  run over. She said "Don't worry Mom." So here is how she made sure.

 She held his hand the entire way. She never let go till she saw me again. Love that she was being his protector.
At the end all medaled up.
 Snow Canyon is one of my most favorite races. I love that I live close enough to do it every year.

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