Run Elevated Half Marathon. I would, without a doubt, not only run this race again but completely recommend traveling to run it…it is a beautiful course with 9.5 miles in Little Cottonwood Canyon (almost entirely downhill). Which of course means some serious PRs.
Packet Pick up was relatively un-interesting. Got my stuff at Wasatch Running Center and bought a Trigger Point Ball.
The best part of that day was breakfast at Frisch Compassionate Eatery. A Vegan restaurant, owned by some friends. It is really good. And the little one loves it too.
Bib # and Flat Sarah
I was up at 3:00 AM for the race because I had to travel about an hour to the bus pick-up/finish line at Alta Canyon Recreation Center. It was downpouring through the entire drive. Seriously, downpouring. Ugh. Thankfully I packed my trusty Mickey Mouse Poncho.
I arrived at the center, parked, and went into the building where we waited for about a half hour before the buses arrived.
We started the rainy commute up the canyon at about 5:50AM. We arrived around 6:00 and were allowed to stay on the busses until about 6:15. By that time, it was SNOWING!! SNOWING!! It’s AUGUST!! Of course we were at a ski resort to start but good GOD it’s AUGUST!!! I huddled under my poncho, walking around to stay warmed up, with my hands in gloves with little hand warmers. I decided to use the potty 1 minute before we were to line up. Honestly by the time I got out of the honey bucket the snow had stopped. It was going to be a beautiful start.
The gun went off and down we started. I would not recommend doing frequent intervals running downhill if you’re an interval runner, I found it harder to stop then actually keep running down hill.
Sorry guys, pic heavy post.
I was doing pretty good. Hit my goal to reach mile 9.5 before they opened the canyon road back up to traffic. However, I was also feeling the downhill in my calves. Bad. I stopped to stretch a few times and by the time I hit mile 10.5 I was no longer hitting my shorter pace. But I was absolutely ok with that because I knew I was still going to PR at that point. My previous official half marathon PR was 3:05:51. I was hauling ass compared to that.
This is the picture I sent my hubby after he told me to suck it up on the short uphill portion.
Oh, yeah. I killed this one.
I walked around for a bit after I finished. Snacked, got to the car, put my compression socks on over my sleeves because I know my calves are gonna need some serious lovin’ the next few days and went home.
When I got home the little one tried to help me foam roll, toddlers sitting on your hamstrings while you’re rolling your quads feels really good.
Overall, I am very serious, this race was amazing. It went by so quickly because of the downhill and the beautiful scenery. Highly recommended race.