Some of my friends from the Desert Sharks Triathlon Club (great club by the way, I encourage new athletes to find a club, you can learn a lot from others) put on the innagual SOJO Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k. I went out to help them with MCing, and of course had to get a little race action in myself.
I toyed with the idea of the marathon, since I haven't done an open maraton since Ogden last spring, but alas I haven't been doing long runs over 13 miles except 2 back in late June/early July. I was curious to see what would happen when I got to 18-20, if my body would just plain revolt or if I still had enough endurance from Ironman and the rest of my season. But I don't love running in pain for almost 4 hours, just isn't my idea of fun :) So I chose the 5k which also left me more time to help out, which is what I was really there for
Anyway, a couple hundred 5k runners I believe, a flat course, nice sunshine and semi cool temperatures. Long story short (since 5k's don't have a ton of details), I won the women's race and finished 5th among the men. My friend Charity finished 2nd only about 2 minutes behind me......pushing her year old son in their Chariot - debates are still out about whether he beat mom or not :) I wanted to break 20:00 (haven't run an open 5k since last year although my triathlon 5k's usually feel better than open because I'm good and warmed up), but ended up doing a little better than that! The course was unfortunately short, only 2.82 miles, but I ran that in 17:06.5, and after some figuring in the head of my husband, I was on track to run an 18:50 something!!! SO excited about that! I've only officially broken 20:00 once, so to break 19:00 and be in the 18's? So cool!! I'm glad I was able to be excited about it as sometimes I don't give results the excitement I should.
The next 4 hours were spent welcoming finishers of the half and full marathon in, including my good friend Jonathan who just finished his 78th marathon in 3:50 I believe. It was fun to watch people cheer their family in, fun to watch people smile and be excited to be finishing - or just being done, that was probably it :) I also announced awards, and have to say it was a little strange to announce my own... The race directors faced a few challenges, but what race doesn't? They did a great job and should do even better next year. Check them out (think they're moving to October) for some Saturday morning fun!
I'm married and am the mom to 4 young kids. We are LDS and love our mountains here in SLC, UT.
I've been a triathlete since 1999 and have been playing in ultra running since 2012. Thanks for visiting my blog, please leave me a comment! I'm on Instagram and Twitter @UltraTriMama
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Because I'm a wife, busy mom of 4, and addicted athlete, I rarely clean my house....I mean I don't always keep up with blogging. I'm going to backdate these when I post them so they're in correct chronological order. Here's a little list though if you're interested with keeping up. I'll delete the competed posts off this list after a week or so to keep things tidy. Thanks for reading! Saratoga Springs Tri - A win and 2nd with the men! Utah Half - last minute half ironman Alta Peruvian Downhill Dash - 5:40-6:04 pace?! Yep! Ogden Valley Tri Trail Running