This gal headed north for the weekend to spend some time with a companion from her mission . . . .
This old Fart stayed home . . . . .
and these two ladies headed south to Moab. We were registered to run the Moab 5 mile race. This is the 3rd time that I have run this race and my goal was to finish the race in under an hour. As a runner (wannabe) I am not interested in getting a trophy but finishing strong and doing better than the last race.
We had an adventure traveling but finally made it 5 1/2 hours later.
We stayed at the Aarchway Inn (it may have been a bit pricey but it was worth every penny) very nice accommodations.
We went to Jay's Pasta for dinner to get our carb load going and I had these yummy stuffed shells while . . .
Jenni had Alfredo tortellini.
We had a relaxing night in preparation for our race the next morning.
We got up early and took the shuttle up the canyon to the start of the 5 mile run. The temperature on my car when we left the hotel said it was 62 degrees; it was overcast and muggy. When we got up the canyon it was cold and breezy and definitely not 62.
Once up the canyon we had about an hour and a half wait while everyone was shuttled up, gear bags hauled back down and then we sauntered on down to the start line.
Just a selection of the 824 people waiting to run the 5 mile race - there were people of all ages (notice the two old guys right in the center - what an inspiration - and we may have seen the oldest one wrapped in a blanket walk away to where his friend could not see him and down a 5 hour energy shot - so funny to watch). I am such a people watcher and I was in heaven with all the entertainment.
(Sorry I couldn't turn the picture)
One of my favorite parts of the race is coming down the canyon and hearing the beat of the drums echoing off the walls of the canyon and then to finally reach them gives you such an energy boost.
Coming up on mile 3 and doing good.
Just past mile four and still going strong . . . .
We finished the race strong in under an hour - my Personal Record - Yeah!
(I finished before Jenni - thanks for boosting my morale!)
I finished 531 out of 824 and 26th out of 126 in my class of Females 50-54.
I am strong, healthy and in better shape than I have ever been.
After completing this 5 mile race I know that I can run a 5K and finish strong.
Showing off our medals!
A little stretching and people watching before heading back to our room to shower.
Shirt, medal and the bib - what it's all about.
A quick shower and we were headed back home. The trip home was not as adventurous and we made it in 5 hours. I might have missed our photographer taking our pictures as we come across the finish line. What an amazing trip. Looking forward to the next run.