Race Day - Warrior Dash Arizona

Saturday we ran the Warrior Dash, Arizona, with a bunch of other people from CrossFit Nemesis.  It was 3.28 miles long with 14 obstacles.  We never got a picture of everyone since it's a little chaotic with gobs of people, but it was fun.  Definitely a hot day!  Temperatures read 93 degrees when we started, 100 after.
I ran with Tan (below) and Maria.  It was their first race and they did great!!  It was fun to run with them.  We didn't get any pictures after we were painted up with red paint, apparently.  And who knew acrylic paint is a good source of SPF...(at least it was non-toxic?)
 Meet Trevor the fluffy dog.  His hair was in a ponytail.  SO CUTE.
The biggest mud obstacle was right before the finish, so afterwards we were a royal MESS and I didn't go get my camera, so the after pictures with Ben in them are somewhere else and hopefully make it to Facebook so I can nab them.  Ben was at the results tent at this time.
All in all it was fun and I'd do it again!!  The medals were cool, and Warrior Dash is really organized for as many people that run.  My only complaint was that there were no water obstacles until the last 3/4 of a mile, and upper 90s is so hot to run in dry.  But ya, fun!

We spent the rest of the weekend hanging out in Scottsdale with Eric and Tan (sushi yum), and looking for a place to live.  We looked at 11 different places total, and finally put money down to hold one and holy fetch it is adorable and less than eight minutes from Ben's work.  I cannot wait to take some pictures after everything is set in stone.

Happy Monday!!  Almost May.
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Race Day - Salt Lake City Marathon

I'm a blogging monkey this week.  I've also been working like a banshee.  I think you get more done when you have less time, but anyways...the marathon...

The marathon was amazing!  It was a blast and I'm currently suffering from post marathon depression (it's serious) after the 4/21/2012 race.  True things didn't go exactly as hoped/planned/trained that day (do they ever), but now looking back I was too hard on myself.  I rocked it!  80 degrees and all (at the finish according to my phone).

I didn't feel my shin/ankle until mile 23...and it was mildly noticeable.  Post race I still have had no pain.  It's a miracle!
So...we headed to the Expo on Friday, at the Gateway!  Most people were picking up bibs for the half so I must say I felt awesome strolling over to the full line, secretly hoping people were judging me to be the awesome runner that I'm not.  lol  There were 1500ish registered for the full, and 5500 between the other races (maybe 4000 half?).  There were less than 1000 finishers for the full marathon in the end.  I probably can safely assume there's a connection to the weather there.

The race had less this year too.  Also probably safe to assume due to the whole director resigning fiasco that almost doomed the race.  But the new owners pulled it off without a hitch!!  It was great.  Next year it will probably grow a lot!
My mom was on the sidelines cheering us on at the beginning (with her cow bell and Delta Rabbits megaphone!).  Some half marathon photos from her camera...
The half-ers didn't get the luxury of running through Sugarhouse.  Pretty pretty.
So funny story... there was this guy that would jog a few miles and turn around and jog back a few miles, then go forward a few miles further, turn and go back.  I don't know why (maybe he was going for ultra marathon...).  I saw him pass me going the wrong way six times.  At mile 25 he turned around and started going the wrong way again, and this guy in the Disney attire (below) was like, "why does he keep doing that?!?  We get it already.  You're better than us!!"  lol
I had trouble with the heat from miles 16+ to almost 23, though I wouldn't say I was dehydrated because I am in habit of drinking constantly.  The aid stations had warm water by this time, so I just couldn't cool down.  I felt like a giant sweaty water balloon.

My family brought me ice water at mile 20 or 21, and the shade of this park below was the cherry on top to finally getting my body temperature down which made me a happy girl again.  (That police officer was chewing that car out for almost 'interrupting this race.')
Nobody seemed to care if anyone joined me (probably since they had bibs on), so my dad and brother rotated the last few miles.  It was lovely company!!  I think we are about mile 24ish here below.  My family rocks.  Ben is still dealing with IT problems (poor guy), and he rocked his half marathon but took on the photographer roll thereafter, as well as the roll of being good looking (full time roll).
(No I am not walking.  Let's clear that up right now.)
Everyone wants pictures of their first marathon.  I was lucky enough to have the paparazzi follow me!  I think I came home with 400 pictures between cameras that day.  Awesome!!  Feast your eyes upon lots of downtown running...
Oh hmmm...I've passed a marathon.  (3/10 mile long.  Better long than short!)
Here I come!!!  Wahoo!!!  Cheering people are so fun.  Hello cheering people!!
I'm a marathoner!
At the finish line I thought it was funny that first thing they handed me a nice hot bottle of water.  Awesome.  It's 80 degrees and I just ran a marathon.  Hot water... I'M SO REFRESHED!  lol  But they did give me cold chocolate milk that I guzzled down (to join the rest of the millions of gallons of liquid in the belly).  Then we all went to the new amazing City Creek where I watched my family eat.  Anybody have a granola bar?  Barf bag?
Clearly talking something important...I'm guessing I'm saying something like 'I ran 2 minutes per mile slower for 8 miles!!!'  Or maybe 'I waited in line for a porta potty 2 times!!'  So ya, clearly things didn't go as planned.  But it was still a blast and the next one is a guaranteed PR...or retirement.  =]
(I cannot get this picture centered ...annoying.)

It was SO MUCH FUN.  Thank you hubby for supporting me!!  Thank you family for joining me!!  Thank you dad for making it happen for everybody!!!  Thank you mom for cheering us on!!  Thank you James for not really training and then running a 7:30 average pace (wtf...who does that)!  Thank you Dallin for being awesome and being the first person to agree to join us in the race!  THANKS EVERYONE!!

So what's next??  A hot Arizona summer at the pool.  Then perhaps the Safford half and Vegas half this fall.  I think maybe I'll go for marathon #2 at PF Chang's Phoenix in less than 9 months.  Of course I'm all race happy right now, I must control myself.
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