Check out my race finish at 1:05! Video by Vacation Races
My race breakdown and details:
Friday: Drove to the Grand Canyon and camped in the park. Vacation Races knows how to put on an event and had a pre-race packet pickup for our shirts, bibs, swag, and any questions racers had along with vendors. I ate spaghetti with venison and garlic bread and crashed!
Saturday: Woke up at 5am, ate oatmeal with strawberries and blueberries and a banana. I had all my race day clothes and layers ready to go because it get cold in the canyon and I wanted to be warm before running. Hit the start line around 6:45, and we were off by 7!
THE RACE: The first mile was tough to break through the crowd and the trail was really narrow. I tried not to use a lot of energy getting out of the pack but at the same time I knew I needed to or I would miss finding my pacers. It was rough. 700 runners in a tiny lane equaled an 11 minute mile. I was ticked. I had set goals for this race and that wasn’t one of them… By mile 2 I had stopped, stripped off a layer and was burning up. It got warm fast. Finally, I got out of the pack and did a beautiful 7 miles in close to an hour. At this pace I was going to crush it and set a PR. Then the hills and
rocks boulders came. It was crazy but I just kept telling myself to push through and I would get a straightaway soon enough. That never really came and the race got even more technical. I fell once and watched a few others eat the dust too. Literally, dust everywhere. No thank you. I stopped to look around me and had pretty much stayed with the same 8-12 people and saw everyone of them walking. I am pretty sure we could have walked some of those hills faster than run them! Ha. Finally, the last mile and a half turned out to the road for the finish and I sprinted in against another chic. Yes, I beat her and as you can see below pretty much died after I crossed the finish line. Overall, FAB race and I loved challenging myself. Did I PR? HECK to the NO! But I felt so much stronger than my last half marathon and no throw up this time! I grabbed a huge meal for dinner. Yes THAT burger picture below, and I enjoyed every bite.
Saturday: We decided to stay after the race and walk around the canyon some. Take pictures, the whole touristy bit and spent the night again. A moose or sometime huge came into our camp grounds and gave Mr. Duke a scare but it was pretty hilarious and made for great memories. If you haven’t been to the Grand Canyon or set a goal to run a half you should!
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