Dogtown Half Marathon was my first of the year, 'dust the cobwebs off the race legs' race.
About 30 minutes before the race was to start, it was explained to me that the first mile of the course was to start different than I expected. Up a hill... Giddy Up time! :) I warmed up nice and easy, did some drills, strides, and then lined up with just a few minutes to go.
First 0.6 was the climb, and then up until mile 9 was rolling/downhill. A portion, around mile 5, had a pretty rocky/trail portion that I am happy to report I did not trip on.
The last miles of this course are pretty dang tough. Your legs are already fatigued so the climbing at the end is not exactly something to be desired... especially Majestic Hill!
I knew going into this race it was not going to be a PR course - BUT, I have never run a stand-alone half where I did not lose focus in those last few miles. That was my main goal. Stay focused. And I did :)
1:32:08. 8th Female. 1st AG
This race decided to 'go green' and not have cups at the aid stations. so dumb IMO. I was very lucky to have Clyde meet me in spots throughout the race to run with me for a minute to give me my Water/Gu's. (Gu'd at 4.7 and 9 - H20 at 4.7, 9, 11).
After, I ran a little cool down, awards, and then headed for a recovery swim. I CAN NOT pass up swimming in the lap pools when I am in St George. We then decided to go check out the new Crit Series Rapid Cycling is starting up this year.
The entire time I wanted to be racing with Rocky!! TT bikes are not allowed at the stage we watched BUT, in a few weeks, the next race is a 10 mile time trial that may need to be add into my schedule :) :):)
Sunday before heading home, I had a long ride on my schedule. Weather did not look promising but decided to tough it out.
Lets just say badass status was EARNED on Sunday :)
I can not wait for my tri's to start up!!! First one will be the usual Ice Breaker Sprint Tri in March!