I headed to Draper Park where I caught the shuttle up to the start, mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy. Everyone was so friendly, the race vibe was pretty chill and enjoyed getting to know people.
At the race start I had a banana, drank a bit of water, and stretched. We all headed to the start but we didn't end up starting till 7:15. No big deal since it wasn't cold and everyone was just enjoying being up in the beautiful canyon.
My goal for this race was to run the first 3 miles a bit slower than my planned race pace, about a 9 minute mile. Then the next 7 miles at my race pace, about an 8:40 mile, leaving the last 3 to be a bit faster at an 8:27-8:35 mile. It started out great. I felt good, met some nice runners, found my pace and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery. The first 7 miles seemed to fly by. At mile 8 I caught up to a girl who seemed to be going a great pace so I stuck with her until mile 10 until she seemed to stop.
|source||Little Cottonwood Canyon|
I'm so grateful for my support group. Thanks for all the 'congrats' and love I've received from family and friends. I'm really grateful for Josh who's willing to watch J after long days at work so I can run and for J who's willing to play next to the treadmill while I run.
|Aunt Alisha and J|
I have 1 more race scheduled on Sept. 22nd. But who knows, I seem to be pretty hooked.