So the race starts and I settle into 3rd woman overall. Didn't even worry about the 2 ladies ahead of me. My optimistic goal was 30:00. We roll past mile 1: 5:33. Yeehaw!!!! Hit the 5k just under 17:00 - yeah definitely a PR, but I'm not really going to count it as my official 5k PR. This course is way faster than any other. Aid station with water at 2.5 miles, took a little just to sip, didn't really need it. I wasn't really out of breath during the race (not breathing easy either though), but I did deal with side aches. I think just the fact that I was going so fast and landing a bit harder than usual. Not too bad, but a little annoying. I loved that there were a few spectators here and there down along the road, how awesome! Anyway, the last mile was the steepest down and my legs were feeling it by then. I never looked behind me for the 4th place woman, don't like to do that, just want to run my race. I was only passed twice and each time they were coming up on me I thought "please be a man because I don't want to have to run down a woman". Yeah the last guy that passed me about 1/2 mile from the finish? Some 60 something year old......nice. You can't see the finish till you're 200 yards from it and it was nice to see. Came through happily in 3rd in 29:45! Just a second under 6min mile pace!! Whohoo!!! So we hang out down at the finish for about half an hour then jump onto shuttles and head back up to the lodge where a raffle was waiting. You drew a number and came away with a prize. I came out with a Utah Natural History t shirt, but they were giving out gear and such as well. Very nice for everyone to leave with something. Then onto the post race food. Probably the best part of the night eating on the grass listening to the live chill music band playing out there. And would you check out this food.....I mean DINNER and DESSERT! Such good food!And a great atmosphere with all the racers out there eating (there were tables, just full), listening to music, and eventually listening to the humorous announcer doing awards. Speaking of awards, I have to tell you how stinkin excited I am about my prize, definitely one of the best ever, if not THE best.
An overnight stay for 2 at the Lodge anytime during the next year which includes dinner and breakfast for two as well as a $50 cash prize!! Thank you Alta for paying for our anniversary trip to St George this next weekend! No we don't stay high class, just a chance to get away and be together is great. Don't think we're wealthy because of all the racing I do and my pretty bike, quite the contrary actually, we're a young family, it's called a very helpful sponsor, Powertri, (but no, my bike was not free).
After awards and dinner and dessert, lets not forget the chocolate cream cheese cake!, Jer and I hopped in the hot tub and enjoyed the nice water, views of the mountain, and talking with a few other runners. What an evening! So much fun. We both got to do our running thing, came away with a great and super useful prize and were able to spend time together on a very nice evening. I highly highly recommend this race. Started on time, mile markers with people on them calling out splits every mile, shuttle back up, everyone leaves with a prize, awesome OV and AG prizes, excellent food, and use of the facilities, all for $28-$35 - SCORE!