Saturday, August 9, 2008
Well, I did it. I ran the Provo River 1/2 Marathon this morning. I got out of bed at 4:25am (after waking up at 2am, 2:30, 3:00, 3:15, and 4am) and headed over to the starting point at 4:45. It's quite a way to start a morning, a long run. I thought it was ridiculous that everything was so early, but so glad it was because it really started to get hot. When we took off running, I saw an old mission companion and her husband, Jill and Behrad (who happens to also be one of our MTC teachers). I looked for them after so we could all get a picture together, but couldn't find them. Marcus, Samantha, and Callie were there waiting for me at the finish line. My time was 2 hours 12 minutes. That's about a 10 minute mile...for 13.1 miles. I'm happy with it. I do have to say that I'm feeling a bit sore. My ankle hurt as soon as I started running, but I pushed through. Now it really hurts. Hopefully it'll be fine. But, phew! It's over, and I think I only killed one rolly poly along the way. I'm glad I did it -- not kill the rolly poly, rather, I'm glad I participated in the race. I learned 2 things.
1) A lot of people who passed me had tatoos. Real runners have tatoos. Runners are tough and a bit crazy. I just have the crazy part...I'm not tough enough.
2) 1/2 marathons are good. I have no desire to run a marathon -- at least not right now. But I'm really glad I did it.