I am not really sure when and where my addiction for running began, but I really can't get enough of it! This year I decided to give the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon race a try.
Shay and Me - before race day.
I trained with some fabulous friends. And, made a few new friends along the way.
Jealin and Shay - you TWO are wonderful!
The stock pile of "Running Goods"
Several members of the running group.
When my little Charlee Boo saw this picture she said, "Wow Mom, that is a big crew!"
Shay and Me
The race started at 6:00 a.m. - so our alarm went off at 5:00 a.m.
Thank goodness our hotel was only about two blocks away from the start line and I loved it!
I didn't feel rushed, had plenty of time to get up, get ready, eat some breakfast and do some stretching. And the best part? We did it in our nice, WARM room.
A few minutes before the start. It was a warm temperature of 47 degrees. For this Southern Utah girl, that is COLD!
Mike and Me
I handed Mike my jacket and snugly blanket. Had a little potty break - gotta love those outhouses and headed down to the road.
But not before one more picture!
I loved that Mike and Dave (Shay's husband) were able to be there with us. They were our own little paparazzi. Snapping pictures left and right! Made me feel famous. For a minute.
I can't believe how fast the sun came up. We hadn't been running for more than a minute and it was light outside! It was also freezing COLD!
I kid you not when I say I couldn't feel my hands. They were numb.
Shay and I around mile 12.
Feeling great and loving it.
We came around a bend in the road and the finish line was in sight!
Oh yeah baby!
You know you had a good run when you can sprint towards the finish and not want to die!
And then we were done.... 2:02:17 was my finish time. My personal record.
A bunch of us at the finish. Congrats to all on a great run!
Me, Mike, Dave and Shay
Our support group! Fantastic!
Mike got a little camera happy and started snapping shots at everything.
After the race, showered and ready to head for home!
WAY TO GO!
Everyone did amazing and what a great accomplishment!