I love these little challenges. Back in July, I ran back-to-back half marathons that I dubbed an “All-Night Marathon.” I am not sure if there’s really a special name you would call this feat? Maybe, stupid? lol … okay, no. But, close.
I ended up running the Haunted Half in Provo in the morning and then the Howloween Half Marathon back in Provo later that night. There was about a five hour rest period between races for me. Though, I didn’t really get any rest. I carpooled with my friend Sonja to the first race and once I got home I had about an hour and a half until I had to leave again. That hour and a half barely gave me enough time to wash my dirty clothes, take a shower and stretch.
It kind of surprised my legs held up during my last race. In July when I did my back-to-back I started questioning my very existence. But, really, even for a night race the weather was perfect for running and not having to run in summer heat made a difference.
More than accomplishing this feat, I was just happy to be running with friends and pacing. I paced both races it was such a great experience meeting so many first time half marathoners. I even met one at the Howloween Half that signed up yesterday. YESTERDAY! This was his first race … ever. I was so happy to see him cross the finish line, because I knew it was quite an accomplishment for him.
But, here are a few pictures from the races. Make sure to stay tuned tomorrow for my two race reports!