Heber Half Marathon
The Heber Half took place on Saturday, June 29th. The day before the race, when I had to drive from Kaysville to Heber to Salt Lake then back to Heber, I was regretting my decision to sign up. They didnt allow packet pick up the morning of the race like I hoped for when signing up, but I made it work & got to daydream about what it would be like to live in beautiful Heber on the multiple drives in & out of the city!
Austin & I stayed at a motel 5 minutes away from where bus loading was, so I didn’t have to wake up until 4 (which feels like sleeping in for an early morning race start time lol). The start was FREEZING. Even though I had a throw away hoodie & sweatpants, I was cold to my core & unfortunately they ran out of space blankets right before I could snag one. I need to start packing a throw away blanket as well!
My original goal was to aim for 7:25 average mile pace to finish under 1:38. However, I didn’t do much research on the course & didn’t realize how much of a decline the entire course was. So I came through the first 5k averaging under 7:00 pace feeling incredible, so I just went with it!
I had to stop & use the potty at mile 10, but other than that everything couldn’t have gone better. My fuel was settled in my stomach, my legs felt amazing & I had enough juice left to kick at the end which is always fun.
I couldn’t stop smiling when I came in through the finish seeing 1:33, getting my new half PR. While driving to Heber, I was just telling Austin how I wanted to spend a summer focusing on training a sub 90 half but that I think it would take me a year or two… but this race gave me confidence that maybe I can get that sub 90 much sooner (if I get a course with a decline like Heber’s😉).
I got 2nd place for my age group & made Austin wait an hour & a half for the awards ceremony so I could get another medal. ALL FOR THAT BLING BABY.
The Heber Half turned out to be my favorite thus far in my road racin’ journey. The course was absolutely stunning, the food & services at the finish line were incredible & the race was for an amazing cause- Autism.
This race will for sure go on my calendar for next year (& I’ll maybe get my sub 90:) )
Kaysville Rotary 4th of July 10k
This race will always be one of my favorites because it’s one of my favorite 4th of July traditions. There’s no better way to start out a holiday than with a fun race!!
Going into the race I knew I had a chance to win because last year when I ran I was incredibly out of shape & took second & because it’s a local race & because most of the fast fast people run the 5k 😉
My goal back in the beginning of June when I signed up for the race was to run it under 45 minutes (7:15/mile average). However, after finishing the Heber Half & an even faster average than that & having a great workout on Monday, I changed my goal to get a sub 43.
For some reason, Kaysville/Farmington/Layton area has some freakishly fast people & really great cross country runners… so I was praying that none of them were signed up for the 10k so I could get the W I was wishing for.
My prayers were answered (😉) & the race when just as I hoped. I felt great the entire time, & had my father-in-law to pace me on his bike a couple times on the course (& would let me know how close the second place woman was to me!) I ended up finishing in 42:25 & got that first place finish.
This may be the first & last time of my life I got to break the tape during a race, so I soaked it in, even if it is just a local holiday fun run.
I only have one more race before I race St. George!!!! I’m already so excited/nervous for St. George… if training keeps going as well as it has been, October 5 will be a g r e a t day.