Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Moab "Other Half Marathon"

Like I told my RC3 "Peeps" when I got back from Moab— only two words for the Moab "Other Half Marathon"—LOVED IT!!!
Things that made it great:
  • Location, location, location... Moab is beautiful in October
  • Fire pits and yummy hot chocolate at the start
    (they also had coffee, water etc)
  • Super efficient shuttle system. We got their before the sunrise and seeing the sunrise over the red rocks was beautiful.
  • Very nice tech tops!
  • Finding a running buddy for the morning who helped make the miles go by quicker (Thank you Paula from Salt Lake City)
  • Awesome scenery all the way
  • Wicked fast downhill at the end
I did this race as a marathon training run. There is BIG marathon training mileage this week and so I enjoyed being able to ONLY run 13.1 on the weekend. It's so strange how I now think of that as a short run. Before the race I buddied up with Paula Nielson-Williams, a Canadian transplant in Salt Lake City. That was really great as we chatted the whole way and the miles seemed to go by much quicker. We made a pact to go all out on the last mile to the finish at Sorrel River Ranch. With the wicked fast downhill at the end that was not a problem. I finished 2 hours 8 minutes and 43 seconds by the "gun time". There were no timing chips in this race (the only bad thing) so I lost about a minute getting to the starting line behind the "shufflers". Lesson learned for next year. I'll get right up to the front pack—unless of course they do timing chips. My GPS has my start line to finish line time as 2 hour 7 minutes. I'm not going to be in the Olympics any time soon so no biggie. However, I now think that I might be closer to a 2 hour half marathoner since I still had energy left at the end. Perhaps I'll get more serious about meeting that goal at the Carlsbad half in January. For the moment, my focus moves on to the next event (more on that in my next blog) and running the Tucson Marathon December 13th.

At Sorrel River Ranch drinking from my sippy cup.
Blue skies and red rocks. Did NOT suck!


  1. Elizabeth - I was checking out some past running times and came across your blog. Totally awesome that you have this up. This is Paula your Canadian transplant running buddy. How did your Tucson Marathon go? Are you planning on running the other half again? I am seriously considering it (I didn't get into St. George for the second year so I am shoe in for next year). Hope things in Arizona are wonderful!

  2. Hi Paula!
    Hey... send me your e-mail address. I'd love to let you know what we are up to so maybe we can hook up at another running event. My Tucson Marathon wasn't so great. I kinda had the flu and so I was SLOWER. I won't be doing the Other Half this year as our group got into the NIke Women's Marathon on the same day. If only I could be in two places running at the same time! They are chip timing it this year... go figure! You can send your e-mail address to runningchicksofcavecreek@gmail.com.