- Timpanogos Half Marathon - I went into this hoping for a PR, but I thought it was a long shot. I set a PR there last year with a 1:52:39. I was shocked when I beat that at the Utah Valley Half Marathon this year in June with a 1:50:51. I remember when I wanted to get under 2 hours so bad. So I felt like under 1:50 was just crazy. But I crossed the Timp Half in 1:47:01. My watch stopped keeping track of pace and miles when it hit 10.72 miles. So I had no idea how fast I was running the last few miles. I didn't see a mile marker when there was a mile left, so I really had no idea what my final time would be until I saw people turning the corner that led to the finish. I was crazy excited! Getting a congratulatory hug from Rachelle almost made me cry. And then texting Julia to share my excitement just added to the happiness. She showed up a few minutes later because she is so awesome that she planned her long run to finish at the end of our race. I adore those girls. And I miss Julia terribly!!
Julia, Me, Rachelle
- The week after the race, I headed to Arizona. My parents live there, otherwise I wouldn't even consider being there in July and August. But I survived. Although my parents keep their treadmill in the garage, I braved the temperatures and ran on it twice. I also ran in the pool once and rode their stationary bike once, which is thankfully in the bliss of their air conditioned house. Other than that, I gave myself a pass because I was on "vacation." Besides the little bit of running I did, my girls and I spent a majority of our time staying cool in the pool.
- Now that I'm home, I'm back at it. Marathon training doesn't run itself. To get motivated yesterday, I put this shirt on first thing in the morning. It worked.