Last Saturday I laced up my Asics and headed out the door bright and early to run the Farmington Festival Days Half Marathon at 6:00 A.M. One of my favorite things about the race was that you could park less than a quarter mile from the starting line! It’s always a bummer to have to wake up at 3:30 A.M to catch a bus to the start line for a race that doesn’t start till 6:00 or 7:00 A.M.
There was such a fun atmosphere at the start line. The speakers were cranked up to hype up the runners and it worked :). I couldn’t have asked for better weather—it was a nice and cool morning. And the scenery was so beautiful:
I know the picture is a little slanted but it can be pretty tricky taking a picture and running at the same time.
Ryan (the husband) decided to run the race with me. Ryan is super fast but the past few races he’s hung around and we’ve been able to race them together. I love it!
This is my brother-in-law, Matt. He is an awesome runner currently training for the Big Cottonwood Marathon. He ran a 1:30 in the half last week! Is he not so awesome?
The post race was the BEST! Stacie and I both took home a few medals. I took third in my age division I ran a 1:45—not my best half but I felt pretty good about it because I’ve been battling a mean case of bursitis in my left knee since I ran the Ogden Marathon two months ago. Nonetheless, it’s been good to be able to race and to do well enough for a third place medal :). Stacie took first for the women in her race so we had to snap a picture. I love the local races because every so often you can grab an age division medal.
Check out the post race meal:
Nothing like a homemade breakfast, Yum :). It has to be the best post race food in the State!
The course had a few rolling hills but for most of the race I thought it was relatively flat which is my kind of racing—gentle on knees. Overall we had a complete blast! 13.1 miles is definitely my kind of distance, long enough to feel challenged, but short enough to walk up stairs the next day. I’m already looking forward to next year’s races:)