Saturday, July 30, 2011

Timpanogos Half

This morning I woke up at 3 in the a.m. to go and run the Timpanogos Half Marathon.   This race was the bomb!!!  I met up with the fabulous Rachelle and some other bloggers and we hopped right onto the bus.  When we got to the start of the race we saw a Yoga class going on, although we did not partake in the yoga I LOVED that they had it there with an instructor and everything.  We saw Jorge right away, this was his first half marathon and he did awesome but you will have to hustle over to his blog if you wish to read all about it, I do believe he will have a video as well. 
Something quite cool happened to me as we were waiting to start.  A cute little gal said that she recognized Rachelle and I from our BLOGS!  I got so excited, I really didn’t think anyone ever read this thing.  Stephanie and Rachelle are SUPER SPEEDY!!  Go check out their bloggies too. 
This course was so beautiful and peaceful.  There weren’t very many cars which was so nice.  They started about 20 minutes late but I was actually a little relieved because it was still a bit dark.  I think the reason I enjoyed this race so much is because I didn’t go CRAZY!  I just went at a comfortable pace, I haven’t done a half marathon in 2 years and I was nervous about pacing myself.   Heaven knows I didn’t do a very good job at pacing myself at the Utah Valley Marathon and I did not want to feel like death again!  Here are my mile splits:
Mile 1            7.01 minute mile
2                    7.17                                       
3                    7.11
4                    7.18
5                    6.44
6                    6.49
7                    6.57
8                    7.11
9                    7.35
10                  7.40
11                  7.25
12                  7.50
13                  7.30
13.12             6.09
Finish time          1:35:11  that’s what my Garmin said!
I averaged a 7.15 minute mile.  At the finish I felt great, which on one hand is a good thing but on the other hand that means I didn’t push very hard.  I know I could have gone faster but I really just wanted to relax and enjoy this one.  My last two races have been pretty horrible and I think this is what I needed to enjoy running again.  At mile 10, I hit a bit of a wall but it didn’t last for long because I just told myself that Holly would give ANYTHING to be able to run 3 miles.  So I did those last 3 miles for my little Holly friend.  She has an injury right now and can’t run.  I have been there and it is truly horrible. 

I loved everything about this race.  The shirt is ridiculously cute, the medal is super fancy and I got myself a massage by none other than Jorge of Jorge’s House of Pain.  And pain it was, the kind you enjoy of course…well, sort of J  Then I wandered over to a chiropractor and got meself an adjustment.  I have never been adjusted before but I think going to a chiropractor and getting massages is a good thing for any runner to do.  I also sucked down two cups of Winder Dairy’s recovery chocolate milk and let me tell you that it was DELICIOUS!
Another picture just to show you how cute this shirt is!
Those fellas at 26.2 sure know how to put on a race ;)

To be honest I was not looking forward to this race at all.  I found out that I was doing it Thursday night, Holly was signed up but because of her injury she transferred her number to me.  I had wanted to do this race but wasn’t signed up.  I was super excited to do it until I found out that it started at 5:40 a.m. which meant waking up at 3 so that I could catch the bus.  Saturday is usually the day that I can sleep in a little bit, like until 5:30 instead of 4:15.  I DID NOT want to wake up at 3.  Then in addition to waking up early I did not want to be alone.  I am a bit of a wussy pants.  Well, I convinced Rachelle to let me ride the bus with her.  At the end however, I was just wandering about all by myself.  I am actually pretty proud of myself for sticking around to enjoy the after party J I was planning on coming straight home.  Don't worry Jake and the kids didn't abandon me, I told them it was too early and not to come. 

 I am so glad I was able to do this race and Holly next year we will do it together and have a grand ol’ time.  Well, we won’t really do it together cause she is too speedy for me but we can go together J
The best part of this race is that I don’t have to feel pressured to beat my time on the Hobble Creek Half Marathon in 3 weeks, this one was so downhill that I know I will never be that fast again.
After I got all showered up real nice like we headed up to Park City for a little back to school shopping.  As we were driving home I remembered that Holly had brought me this little beauty...

What is your favorite flavor of cupcake?

Red Velvet tops my list...well, actually I love them all!

What is your favorite race, not just distance I want a specific race?

Timpanogos Half Marathon


  1. Great job on the race! My favorite race is the Montana Womens Run 5 mile, although my fav distance is the 5k. The Women's Run though just has so much energy and it is all women, a fast course and lots of friends =awesome!

  2. Steph I am beyond proud of you! Good for you for pacing yourself well and running your own race. The sky is the limit and I am so proud of you and excited for you!

    I was at PC today too! How did I not see you. he he great minds think alike. :)

    Congrats again on a new PR and a great race.

  3. Oh my gosh you and Rachelle are insane! I only wish I was as fast as you guys! WOW! Congratulations! I wish I could have talked to you more. Do you drink anything/take anything gu etc. I need tips!
    p.s. my favorite cupcake Fruit Pizza Cupcake yum yum yum!

  4. YOU my friend, are SPEEDY! Those are some awesome splits. Congratulations on such a great race. Everything about it just looked AWESOME!

  5. Awesome job, you are a speedy! Made me want to run it next year, well maybe, 3 am is sooo early. :)

  6. Great job! It was fun to meet you! I looked around for you at the finish but did not see you. Congrats on your PR!

  7. You did amazing, I'm so proud of you for getting such a speedy time and running it since I couldn't. I'm so glad you were able to do the race and I wish I could of been there with you, next year I'll be there for sure! Injuries are horrible and Saturday was a hard day for me, as you well know from missing races last year. Hobble Creek 1/2 here we come :)

  8. Great Job! That is no slow run! I wanted to do that one it looked way fun. Was it down the canyon? Or on the trails going up to the summit of Timp? Either way it really peaked my interest. Maybe I'll do that next year.

    My favorite race is the Ogden 1/2 marathon. It is beautiful! And sells out in Oct. every year and the race isn't until May!

    Good Job. Keep on Running like that and you'll beat a record. Have you read Born to Run yet? I'm a little late to all the running books.