Last week, I ran the Haunted Half Marathon 5k in Provo, Utah. Janae, Hungry Runners Girl, recommended we drive out to Utah and run. Since we had zero plans, but had a rental car and had never been to Utah, we thought it sounded fun. So we progressed over and were there for the Saturday race.
The race itself was massive. There was a half marathon that was a point to point. While yes, I could have gutted out a half marathon a few things prevented me from wanting to do that.
- I don’t run at altitude and we were at 4500 feet.
- I had run a half the week before, and while I’ve done back to back half marathon weekends, I’m not in that fitness right now. I would probably injure myself.
- I didn’t want to be sore the entire vacation.
- I like the 5k.
We picked up the packets at the mall and on Saturday quickly made it to the start. There was a big parking lot which made it easy. The race went off right at 9 am.
During the first mile, my legs felt heavy. I didn’t feel good. Between traveling, not eating the best (well, the best for my soul…not for training), and still recovering from the half, it wasn’t surprising.
The first mile was the easiest, and I ran a 6:20. I had positioned myself as the second woman, and third was shortly behind me.
During the second mile, we ran down a small hill and made a hairpin turn at the bottom. The turn was sharp, and I wasn’t expecting it and nearly barreled into a volunteer holding water at the bottom. Luckily I didn’t. As we turned around, we ran straight through a tunnel which Janae more accurately recapped. I hit several of the streamers. After popping out in front of a barricade, I thought I had gone the wrong way, but another racer said we were going the right way. We hit the second mile in 6:12.
During the third mile, I felt the altitude hit me. I felt as though I was breathing through a straw and winded. We also ran up a giant hill, and I wheezed the entire way. I made it my goal to break 20 minutes. I felt like I couldn’t breath (not in a dangerous way) just in working tough way.
Around 2.7, we hit a long straight away, and I could hear the third place woman catching me. I am making it a point to work hard on my finishing kick. I had too many races last training cycle that I was passed in the final strides.
I crossed the third mile in 6:30 and finished in 19:40 as second woman. In all, I’m pleased with my time. It was a fun race, and it was a whole different experience running at altitude.
Afterwards, I got to hang with Janae for a while, which was a lot of fun.
It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. I had no idea Provo was as big as it is!
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